This weekend sees the return of one of the region’s most popular festivals as Arva’s Amercian Truck and Wild West Weekend gets underway.
Having endured a brief hiatus last year, organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure its re-emergence onto the local calendar lives up to its pre festival billing.
And with all proceeds going to three chosen charities, namely Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital, STOP and Cavan Hospice, committee members are quietly optimistic patrons will flock to the County Cavan town in their hundreds.
Scheduled over the course of three action packed days, proceedings kick off this Friday night with a unique ‘Barn Dance’ courtesy of rising country singer Kevin Logue from 10:30pm followed by decorated perfomer, Mick Flavin.
Twenty four hours later the festival takes a slightly different tone with a novel ‘Wild West Dance Show’ taking place alongside live entertainment from ‘Albatros’ and the incredibly popular ‘Dance on Band’.
A barbecue will also be in full flow for hungry revellers throughout the course of the night in what promises to be an evening full of high jinks and merriment.
But the festival’s undoubtedly most popular day, as always, is its enthralling Sunday showcase. At just €10 entry for adults, organisers are keen to ensure this year ‘s finale is very much directed at all agegroups with no cover charge for children.
Starting from 12pm, there are numerous events for festival goers to witness and in some instances experience at first hand. Making his long awaited return from the UK, top European monster truck driver, Rob Williams will be in situe this time with an added twist.
The Welsh driving star will bring his Red Dragon truck which can transport up to 10 passengers at any one time.
If that doesn’t set your pulse racing, organisers have also added a motorbike stunt show and air display fronted by one of Ireland’s leading pilots, Dave Bruton.
In a further boost, festival goers will also have access to an ‘Extreme Horse Riding’, in what is one of many newly added events to this year’s Wild West extravaganza.
For those more anxious to unwind and relax, why not take in the delights of a host of live entertainment, typified by headline act ‘The Wee Amigos’ who are due on stage from 3pm.
But the entertainment doesn’t end there. From 10pm, a final ‘Barn Dance and Barbecue’ is scheduled to take place with music being provided by Nite Fever and guests.
For more details visit www.arvawildwest.com