The Fair Sara in her element as May Star

FIVE year-old Sara Topley had a day to remember on Saturday when she stepped up to officially open the second annual Dromore May Fair.

Winner of the Leader's May Star competition, in association with Fair organisers, animal-lover Sara was in her element as she rode into town in a carriage drawn by a pair of shire horses.

Sara, who lays claim to her family's horses Susie and Beauty, as well as two dogs - a Jack Russell called Roxy and a Springer Spaniel called Lila – and a cat by the name of Cornflakes, has already tried her hand at pony riding.

But there was more in store for the Fair Sara after Wallace Pepper's horses Peter and William had seen her safely into town.

There the youngster, a Primary One pupil at Dromore Central Primary School, got to release 12 white doves before cutting the ribbon to open the marquee and with it officially open the Fair.

Sara's mum Paula said her daughter was in her element.

"When she heard she was to open the Fair she was just really excited," said Paula. "Her nanny had to take her and buy her a new dress for the occasion.

"She had a great day at the fair and all the animals definitely went down well with her.

"She enjoyed the day; there was plenty for her to do and she really liked the Punch and Judy Show and Frank Mitchell, though he didn't have her up on stage so she couldn't give away any secrets."

Paula said Sara's day in the spotlight was good preparation too for her upcoming role as a flowergirl for a friend of the family soon to be married.

"The girl was there at the Fair so at least she knows Sara won't be camera shy," said Paula.

Though, given that as well as going to Dromore Central Sara attends the Old Station Nursery after school, is a member of the Girls' Brigade Tiny Tots and is soon to move on to the Explorers, her social skills are well established.

"She's better at socialising than I am," said Paula.

Unfortunately, the day after Sara stole the show, the youngster took a tumble from her scooter, earning her a trip to the Lagan Valley Hospital, where she was treated for cuts to her face.

Everyone at The Leader and we're sure everyone connected with the Dromore May Fair, sends their best wishes for a speedy recovery.