Family Day and Mad Hatters Day takes place on the Sunday of the Summer Festival Meeting. Fun and Colour is the theme for this spectacular day. Children are admitted free of charge on the day. There is lots of entertainment for the young racegoer, bouncy castles, slides, face painting and crazy characters throughout the enclosure.
The Mad Hatters competition is hugely popular, the effort and creativity of the entrants is spectacular. Ireland West Airport together with their partners Ryanair generously sponsor the Mad Hatters Competition for both adults and children.
Competition Entry: Entrants should proceed to the Mad Hatters Tent located behind the Tote where our judge will view the spectacular headpieces on show. The winners will be announced at the Stage which is located behind the Millennium Stand at approximately 4.00 p.m.
Mad Hatters Competition 2014
There were amazing prizes on offer this year for the very popular Mad Hatters Competition. The first prize for adults this year, a holiday for two to a choice of Faro-Algarve, Lanzarote, Malaga or Tenerife was won by Tara Newell. Prize included return flights to and from Ireland West Airport with Ryanair including transfers and seven nights accommodation in a 3* self catering apartment. The lucky winner of the second prize walked away with a trip to Manchester including two nights accommodation and tickets to the Man Utd. v Aston Villa game on 4th April, 2015. Not forgetting the kiddies, the first prize for children was an incredible trip to Legoland including return Aer Lingus flights for 2 adults and 2 children to London Gatwick, 2 nights accommodation in a 3* hotel in Windsor and 1 day ticket for Legoland Windsor. The lucky winner of this prize was Holly Lynott. The competition was judged by Galway Milliner, Edel Ramberg.
Everybody got in the spirit, got creative and came up with some mad ideas for their hat to vie for the chance to win one of these fabulous prizes!
Mad Hatters Competition 2013
The fantastic prizes in 2013 were sponsored by Ireland West Airport and Ryanair as follows: The first prize for children was a Holiday for two adults and two children to Barcelona with three nights accommodation in the 4* H-Top Royal Beach Hotel and a family daypass to Portaventura Water Park. The fantastic 4* H-Top Royal Beach Hotel in Girona located just 150 metres from Lloret de Mar’s most beautiful beach. H-Top Hotel The second prize for the childrens category was a Nintendo 3DS XL and one game and the third prize is a Nintendo 3DS including a game.
The Adult Prizes were just as impressive with the first prize winner walking away with a trip for two to Milan including three nights accommodation in the fabulous 4* Mercure Bergamo Palazzo Dolci Hotel situated int he centre of Bergamo just 25 miles from Milan. Mercure Bergamo Palazzo Dolci Hotel
The second prize for Adults was two return flights to Liverpool including two nights accommodation and tickets to Man Utd. versus Chelsea on 24th August, 2013.
The lucky winners were:
First Prize – Emily O’Regan, Salthill Second Prize – Isolde Macey, Castlegar
First Prize – Isobel Manning, Moycullen. Second Prize – Cillian Walsh, Craughwell
Third Prize – Ellie Malone, Knocknacarra