ARDEE will be buzzing with festival fever this August bank holiday weekend when the fifth Ardee Turfman Festival will be held.
The first Ardee Turfman Festival was launched in 2009 and has boasted ever growing festival weekends over the course of the August bank holiday weekend.
It’s a weekend packed with events to suit everyone.
Ardee Cycling Club is running a charity cycle in aid of Louth WATCH organisation for the blind and the partically sighted.
There will be exhibitions, market stalls, family picnics at the Fairgreen where people can listen to the Proms in the Park.
There will be floral displays, pub music and Ardee Historical Society will have tours and talks.
Louise Flanagan was crowned as the 2013 Ardee Turfman Festival Queen at the Festival Queen competition in Luna night club at the weekend. Louise was sponsored by Derek Flanagan Auto Repairs and was delighted with her win.
“A big thanks to everyone who came to support me,” said Louise, “and especially Linda Durnin for my gorgeous make up.
“It was a brilliant night and I’m sure next weekend will be just as good.”
The aim of the Turfman Festival is to entertain and excite the local community as well as showcase what exactly it is that the small town has to offer. It is family orientated with activities for all, from toddlers to pensioners.
The programme includes a roadrace, La Tour de Bog, Family Day, Proms in the Park, Beat on the Street, Raft Race, Duck Derby and much much more!
Most events are free to the public.
Not only is the festival a great community and business weekend, some of the events, such as the road race, charity cycle, golf eventgs, and art exhibitions, raise much needed funds for charity. The art exhibitions have raised money for Ardee Hospice Homecare Movement and the Ardee Daycare Centre
The committee would like to thank everyone for their support of this great event and a special thanks also goes out to the local gardai who are always a great help.
This is a wonderful weekend organised by a small group of dedicated volunteers and is a day when families come out onto the streets, neighbours stop each other for a catch-up and newcomers discover what the town has to offer.