A festival - 50 years in the making!

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A festival - 50 years in the making!
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This year Ballinamore celebrates it’s 50th annual Family Festival with a week long programme of free concerts and events.

This festival is a highlight on the Leitrim calendar with festivities running for seven days from morning to night from August 7- 14

Ballinamore will provide live music on the platform by some of the biggest names on the Irish scene including Mike Denver, Ritchie Remo, Lee Matthews, Gerry Guthrie, Cliona Hagan and Kevin Logue.

Alongside this Ballinamore’s pubs pride themselves on providing live music throughout the festival week.

The opening of the 50th Festival in on Sunday, August 7 at 2pm. The official ribbon cutting will be overseen by previous chairpersons as a look back on the festivals of old.

The kids will delight in a host of events catered for them over the week with canoeing, mural painting, games, body zorbing, Binocular Soccer and Dodgeball all happening on Monday 8th.

The ultimate Ladies Night Out will finish Monday off in style.

Tuesday August 9 is Show Day and when activities in the field are finished, laugh your head off at the mouth stuffing ‘Boxty Eating Competition’ at 6.30pm before deciding to join the ceili at the cross roads or the Dream Auction in the Standing Stone.

Wednesday has a singing workshop, Cock Fight and the Over 40s Football match to get your vocal cords workings. Thursday is a mix bag of kids activities and fun family activities with craft and music workshops, U10s football blitz, and Binocular Soccer throughout the day.

There is a special screening of ‘Atlantic’ in the Community Centre at 7pm.

The Adult Fancy Dress returns on Friday 12th with the theme ‘Trip to the Island’ - this is usually a fun and hilarious event to take part in or watch from afar.

Friday also includes plenty of activities for kids as well as Ballinamore athletic Club’s open 10k and 5k fun run/jog/walk and the Publican’s Bed Race is also worth a gander from 9pm.

Saturday the kids get a chance to dress up with a Fancy Dress parade from the Square at 1.30pm.

The kids talent competition on the platform is on at 2.30pm.

The annual John Joe McGirl Commemoration Parade departs from the Square at 8pm.

On the last day of the festival the kids take over Main Street with a FREE Family Fun Day including an obstacle course, slide disco dome and much more.

At 3.30pm bring your favourite teddy to the cutest Teddy Bears Picnic at Main Street at 3.30pm.

Robert Mizzell will close the festival with a concert at 9pm and the spectacular fireworks display will light up the skies from 11.15pm