The final touches are this week being made to the 2012 Clondra Heritage Festival which gets under way this Friday.
Over the course of three days, the June Bank Holiday spectacular features a whole host of entertainment for all the family.
In association with Waterways Ireland, proceedings are scheduled to get off to a lively start, courtesy of a wheelbarrow race from 9pm. Later that same evening, festival goers will be treated to a complimentary barbeque alongside a ‘sing along’ with Brian Ross and friends on the harbour.
Events take a more leisurely opening 24 hours later with an U15 free fishing competition starting matters off from 1pm at Cox’s Lock.
In keeping with the low cost nature of the festival, free boat rides on the Royal Canal (2pm to 5:30pm) and face painting (3pm to 6pm) have been added to an action packed itinerary.
Water sports, indeed, dominate much of the Saturday card. Much interest has already focused on the prospect of zorbing being added to the three day card (3pm to 6pm), a sentiment which can also be directed to the evening’s closing activity-tethered duck racing (7pm).
Again, a barbeque will be in full swing for all participants, as well as a heritage display at the Waterways Ireland Office followed by live entertainment by ‘Bad Penny’ at the Richmond Inn.
The festival’s final day is again very much family orientated. Zorbing, face painting and boat rides feature heavily, as does a treasure hunt (2pm), pony rides (3:30pm) and road bowling from 4:30pm.
In a further boost, some of the event’s youngest spectators will be pleased to note that ‘Bruno The Clown’ will be on hand throughout the course of the afternoon.
To finish off, the Richmond Inn is expected to host a much anticpated annual country music festival from 6pm.