Festival fever in Mountrath

THIS weekend sees Mountrath host the second ever White Horse Festival. After the success of last year’s festival organisers have stepped up a gear and this year’s festivities will be bigger and better than ever. The festival kicks off on Thursday evening, with an art exhibition opening in Benny’s bookshop (opposite the Bank of Ireland) from 6pm.

THIS weekend sees Mountrath host the second ever White Horse Festival. After the success of last year’s festival organisers have stepped up a gear and this year’s festivities will be bigger and better than ever. The festival kicks off on Thursday evening, with an art exhibition opening in Benny’s bookshop (opposite the Bank of Ireland) from 6pm.

This exhibiton is set to be one of the highlights of this year’s festival, with local students’ entries into the White Horse Logo

competition are being showcased. Students attending primary schools in the White Horse area were asked to complete a design to be used to advertise the 2012 festival.

There is a huge range of events taking place all weekend from Friday throughout the town, with a few unusual competitons such as the cupcake challenge for children aged from seven to 13 years old. Some of the activities and events have been modified to increase participation including the treasure hunt which proved to be one of the more popular events last year.

The treasure hunt is now a walking treasure hunt, unlike last year when people needed a car to take part. There are some surprises in store for those taking part in the pub competition, with more fun and entertaining activities as well as tug-of-war and relay races.

To entertain the masses, music and entertainment will be provided in the square. These performances will be headlined by Damien Bowe and his band with surprise special guest. The pubs in the town will also be providing entertainment for festival goers throughout the weekend. Sunday sees a family fun day, with a duck race taking place at 12pm, after the mini marathon.

The tug of war competiton will also be taking place on Sunday in Mountrath GAA field. There will also be a glamorous granny competiton and a bonnie baby competition held over the weekend. Festival organisers have already enjoyed a very successful fundraiser, with Na Fianna headlining earlier this summer, and they are hoping that everyone will come out and support the town over the weekend.