Countdown to Laghey Blast

The countdown is on and preparations are well underway for the Laghey Blast Festival which takes place from May 5th-7th.

The countdown is on and preparations are well underway for the Laghey Blast Festival which takes place from May 5th-7th.

The third annual festival kicks off on Friday night with the selection of the Festival Queen. Twelve ladies from Laghey and the surrounding areas will take part in this competition in O’Carolan’s Dew Drop Inn at 9pm.

To celebrate the recent success of Laghey’s Biggest Loser, there will be a 5km fun run at 12 noon on Saturday. The opening parade is also on Saturday, at 1pm with marching bands, local children and The Big Heads. MC is Gerry Singer.

This year’s festival brings a variety of events and activities to suit everyone’s taste with plenty of fun and entertainment for all the family. Children’s activities include Fun Fair – pay as you go, Bouncy Castles, Children’s Olympics, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Itchy Feet (a free workshop for kids on drumming), Magician show on Sunday at 2pm and 5pm, Birds of Prey and much more.

For the adults, there’ll be the Arts and Craft Market, History Tour, Blast Bake Off Bakery Competition, Funzone includes Cracker Eating Competition, Musical Chairs for the young and old, Show and Tell with local people showing their skills, Soap Box Derby, Go Cart Racing, and Rambling House featuring music, songs, stories and dance for the young at heart.

There will be balls of fun when 1,000 balls are released at the top of Main Street with first ball winning a prize of €200. The Ball Race competition is on Sunday at 2pm and costs only €5 each, with two chances of winning. Entertainment from the Jack Wise Show - a crazy street entertainer, sword swallower and hilarious ventriloquist - not to be missed.

Saturday night’s entertainment includes original band Mojo Gogo at 7pm and Killers of Leon at 9pm. Mojo Gogo’s drummer Jordon Carty hails from Donegal town and has toured America with Kintra. The band has recently featured on the front cover of Hot Press Magazine and has also secured a record deal in Manchester.

Ardara’s singer and songwriter Emily Whelan will take to the stage on Sunday evening at 8pm.

Sunday night’s line-up is Pump up the Jam at 7pm followed by Irish Legends Bagatelle at 9pm.

Due to the high calibre of the music acts, there will be a charge of €5 admission to the live open air concerts on both Saturday and Sunday nights.

More info on www.lagheyblastfestival.com.