WITH just days to go, the anticipation for the White Horse Festival is kicking up a gear in Mountrath and the surrounding areas.
The three-day festival begins on Friday July 22 and runs to Sunday July 24. After last year’s success, people head to the festival can look forward to more competitions, activities and attractions for all ages.
One of the highlights of this year’s event is the art exhibition, where 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.
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. No doubt this will encourage a lot more people to get involved. There are some surprises in store for those taking part in the pub competition, with more fun and entertaining activities as well as the tug-of-war and relay races from last year. As accustomed, music and entertainment will be provided in the square. These performances will be headlined by Damien Bowe and his band with surprise special guest. Damien Bowe has been involved in the music business from an early age forming a family band at the age of 15. He signed his first record deal in 2000 and ever since has become more and more popular among local and national audiences.
Organisers say this year’s festival is shaping up to be even bigger and better than last year. To raise much needed funds for a host ofevents have already been held in the town. A fundraiser comprising of a barn-dance/BBQ was held in the Cedar Inn in Mountrath in June to raise money for the festival. The fundraiser was a huge success drawing a mammoth turnout on the night. Na Fianna who headlined the fundraiser, wowed the crowd with their take on Celtic favourites. Backing the All Ireland Talent Show finalists were Tank and Friends; who got the crowd going early in the night.
The festival Committee was delighted with the turn-out and the response they have achieved, and now look forward to the festival in July. Those who have any ideas or would like to get involved can contact Julie on 087 2174198 or speak to any of the committee members.