With an action-packed line-up of events ranging from a soap box derby to a barn dance, this weekend’s Shanagolden Summer Fest won’t be short in excitement.
This is the second year of the festival following the great success of last year’s inaugural event and the organisers are confident that it will be even better.
“It should be a great weekend. Last year was the first one and it was a great success,” said Joe Hoyne of Estuary Rugby Club, one of the people behind this year’s festival.
Proceeds from the festival will go towards the Shanagolden sportsfield development fund. “It will be a very enjoyable weekend and hopefully it will raise some money to help pay off our debt,” Joe added.
The fun kicks off this Thursday night, July 31, with a ceilí mór in the parish hall. Taylors Cross will provide the music in association with the talented local musicians of Shanid Comhaltas. The ceilí kicks off at 9pm. Admission is €10 and there will be a waltzing competition and a raffle on the night.
On Friday, the kids will get their chance to bust some moves, with a kiddies barn dance, also in the parish hall from 7-9pm. The tunes will be provided by DJ Mann and admission is €5.
Saturday features a packed line-up of events, starting with a car boot sale at 11am in the local carpark. Shanagolden Historical Society will be conducting a free guided tour of the village and, at 3pm, there will be a vintage car and tractor display with a drive around the hills of Shanagolden.
There will also be an inter-parish soccer blitz for under-10s and under-12s during the day.
At 5pm on Saturday, the emergency services will give a display of their techniques and vehicles. However, they will be hoping their services are not required for the soap box derby, which gets underway at 6pm. This is a new event this year and will see a variety of home-made vehicles race down the main hill in the village at high speeds. So far there are entries from six carts but more are expected in the coming days. Late entries will also be accepted prior to the race.
Sunday is the family fun day, with the action getting underway at 12pm, with crafts and a food fair. From 1pm, there will be lots of activities for kids of all ages, with bouncy castles, novelty games, terrier races, a small plane air show and lots more.
Later that evening, Shanagolden hall will host the barn dance which was a huge success last year. Music will be provided by Heart and Soul and for those with good balance, a bucking bronco will be installed to test their staying power. There will also be prizes on offer for the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl.
Also on the night will be the final of the Voice of Shanagolden, with €500 in prize money for the most talented local singer.
“The heats have been very good so far and on Sunday the winners of the heats will go up and perform during the interval of the barndance and we will have a sing-off,” explained Joe.
Master of Ceremonies for the night will be Sean Carrig. There will be a full bar and admission is €15.
For more details, see Shanagolden Summerfest on Facebook.