By the mid
1800's up to 4,000 horses were exhibited. Many of the horses
were purchased for use on European battlefields. Today, over
80,000 horse lovers visit Ballinasloe during the week long
festivities, pumping 3 million euro into the local economy.
During the fair, the usually quiet town of Ballinasloe, is
transformed into a sea of cars, trucks, trailers, horse
floats and people.