The Ardee Turfman Festival returns this year for the August bank holiday weekend

Gene Yore

Reporter:

Gene Yore

The festival has some faces on its team and they are all busy trying to bring together an array of activities and exhibitions for this years event

The festival has some faces on its team and they are all busy trying to bring together an array of activities and exhibitions for this years event

“With the festival just around the corner we are pleased to announce the return of some festival favourites and some new exciting ventures,” said committee member Rebekah Bannon.

“The Cuchulainn Archers will be in Ardee Sunday and Monday of the Festival from 12 to 5pm.

“And the Irish wheelchair Association are doing a bed push through the streets of Ardee during the festival trying to raise money for their organisation.

“The Tour de Bog cycle is also returning to the festival along with the 10km road race. There is a family fun day on the bank holiday Monday at Ferida Park with bouncing castles, music and face painting.

“This year we also have some new attractions such as the 30 foot mobile climbing tower.

“We also have the duck derby going ahead this year along with the raft race on the Monday of the festival.”

There is no point in having a festival in Ardee without the Ardee Concert Band.

They will play at the Fair Green during the weekend.

At the Fair Green there will be trampolines, bouncing castles and lots of activities for everyone.

The search for the next Ardee Festival Queen has also begun.

Scouts are laready around the town looking for representatives for the upcoming competition.

Any girls interested in entering the competition can do so by emailing their name and mobile number to ardeefestivalqueen competition@gmail.com

The festival is part funded by the Louth Leader.

The Crafters Ireland team is organising a street market as part of this year’s festival.

The market will take place on Sunday 5 August near the Castle and run from 12 noon till 6pm

The organisers said they are really pleased to be invited back to take part in the festival. Last year all traders had a great day of business.

Indeed it was voted the best market in Ireland by traders for 2011.

Last year’s events were hugely successful and the committee are hoping that this year will be even better.

Some of the past events included abseiling off the castle, turf footing in the Green, an art exhibition in the castle, treasure hunt, soccer blitz, duck derby, old time dancing, floral exhibition, open air music recital, French food market and a fun-run organised by the athletic club.

The Festival Queen is usually elected the week before the festival. Last year the Ardee Turfman Festival was given a shot in the arm by Louth Leader, the company that backs local enterprise.

The committee used the money to provide a temporary bandstand at the Fair Green and stage a very successful bands recital.

Ardee Town Councillor chairman Michael Farrelly has been a great supporter of the festival and has sponsored events.

St Mary’s GFC held a seven-a-side blitz and Ardee Athletic Club organised a 10k run with all proceeds going to Ardee home Hospice.”

More information on events happening throughout the festival is available on the festival facebook page.