PHOTOS: All The Fun Of The Puck Fair

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A young facepainter during Puck Fair in Killorglin on Friday. The festival concludes on Saturday the traditional ‘Scattering Day’.
Photo: Mary Susan MacMonagle

IT’S been a blast, but all good things come to an end.

There was street entertainment, market trading, musical performances and fireworks aplenty – not to mention a goat king and young queen – in Killorglin this past few days as the town celebrated another successful Puck Fair festival, which comes to an end day.

This year’s festival kicked off in traditional style bright and early on the morning of Thursday with Ireland’s oldest Horse Fair and the excitement continued through the streets of the charming town as colourful children’s characters, acrobatic performers and musicians entertained the masses who were in attendance to soak up the electric atmosphere.

As the evening rolled in, the crowds gathered en masse in the town square to witness the main event of the Puck Fair festival: the crowning of a wild mountain goat as King Puck. This honour was bestowed upon the Queen of Puck, Caitlin Horgan of Scoil Mhuire in Killorglin, who was joined by her Lady-in-Waiting, Lily-Sue Eyers, a pupil of Douglas National School on the outskirts of the town.

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Day two of the festival  began with the Cattle Fair, and the afternoon was filled with entertainment for all the family, with the Bonny Baby and Fancy Dress Competitions proving particularly popular with the festival’s littlest visitors!

Those attending Puck Fair also got an opportunity for a meet-and-greet with King Puck himself and happily posed for pictures with the famous goat.

The town square was the place to be for a second night running, as the main stage was occupied by The Elvis Spectacular Show, ensuring revellers were still dancing well past midnight.

The final day of Puck Fair features performances from the likes of Afro Trad Ireland, DJ Donal from VideoDJKerry and Two Mikes and Family Ties, while the kids will be kept entertained by the Wobbly Circus street entertainers and Kingdom Party Pals.

Later this evening is the Dethronement Parade and Ceremony, during which King Puck will be relieved from his royal duties and returned to his mountain home. Scroll down for photos from the past two days…

Twins Katie and Niamh Foley from Lixnaw, pictured at Puck Fair in Killorglin on Friday. The festival concludes on Saturday the traditional ‘Scattering Day’. Photo: Don MacMonagle

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Caitriona Knapp, Killorglin learning the bodhran during the music workshop with Tim O’Shea musician at Puck Fair in Killorglin on Friday. The festival concludes on Saturday the traditional ‘Scattering Day’. Photo: Don MacMonagle

 A wild mountain goat is crowned ‘King Puck’ by the Queen of Puck Fair Caitlin Horgan at Puck Fair in Killorglin, on Thursday with goat handlers John McGrath and Pat Cahill. Photo: Don MacMonagle

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Gypsy Kathleen at work during Puck Fair in Killorglin on Friday. The festival concludes on Saturday the traditional ‘Scattering Day’. Photo: Mary Susan MacMonagle

Thousands of people gather to watch a wild mountain goat on his ‘throne’ high above the people after being crowned ‘King Puck’ by the Queen of Puck Fair Caitlin Horgan at Puck Fair in Killorglin, County Kerry on Thursday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

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Puck Fair Killorglin: Musicians performing pictured at Puck Fair in Killorglin on Friday. The festival concludes on Saturday the traditional ‘Scattering Day’. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Farmers John Knightley, Tinahalla, Castlemaine, Kerry and James McDonnell, Dingle,  admiring nthe cattle at Puck Fair in Killorglin on Friday. The festival concludes on Saturday the traditional ‘Scattering Day’. Photo: Don MacMonagle

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All set for the baby show during Puck Fair in Killorglin on Friday. The festival concludes on Saturday the traditional ‘Scattering Day’. Photo: Mary Susan MacMonagle

Kathleen Teahan from Borrisokane, Tipperary has her portrait painted at Puck Fair in Killorglin on Friday. The festival concludes on Saturday the traditional ‘Scattering Day’. Photo: Don MacMonagle

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Sean O’Sullivan and Anne Foley pictured at Puck Fair in Killorglin on Friday. The festival concludes on Saturday the traditional ‘Scattering Day’. Photo: Don MacMonagle

World rowing champion Monika Dukarska judging baby Mary Falvey from Killorglin in the baby show pictured at Puck Fair in Killorglin on Friday. The festival concludes on Saturday the traditional ‘Scattering Day’. Photo: Don MacMonagle

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