Family fun at Mountmellick ‘Summerfest’

Julie-Rose McCormack's puppet show
The Mountmellick Christmas Fair committee have answered requests and organised a one day ‘Summerfest’ this Saturday August 17.

The Mountmellick Christmas Fair committee have answered requests and organised a one day ‘Summerfest’ this Saturday August 17.

The day starts with a free 10km walk in the Slieve Blooms, guided by Liam Lynch. Walkers will meet in O’Connell Square at 8am, returning at 10.30am.

From 1pm, the square will be a hive of activity. There will be 25 stalls selling art, craft and food, along with free spaces for local clubs to set up their stall and seek new members.

As the festival kicks off Heritage Week, Mountmellick Heritage Society have a stall announcing events.

A puppet show by Julie-Rose McCormick’s Touring Puppet Theatre will entertain in the library from 12 until 1pm, and children can have fun all afternoon on the Bumble Bus and Megabounce castles in the square.

The good news for parents is a €3 wristband is the only purchase required, giving unlimited use.

“With the Summerfest coming so close to going back to school, we took parents’ pockets into consideration,” says organiser Mary Fallon.

Other events include a Dog Show, a Bonny Baby competition, a pet farm and traditional fair games.

Popular band Abbeyfolk play from 3.30 to 5pm, and a DJ will keep all bopping. Buskers are encouraged to take to the streets from 6pm to 8pm to keep the fun going.

“There is no charge to them, whatever they make it’s theirs,” says Mary.

Businesses will also hold special Summerfest offers. Mary thanked themfor erecting banners, and the public for donating to last weekend’s bucket collection. A grant from Laois County Council goes towards costs.

“We are inviting visitors from all over Laois, and I hope passing traffic will stop and enjoy the fun too,” she said.