Inistioge set for fun and games on June bank holiday weekend

The countdown has begun to the Inistioge Summer Festival, which will take place over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

The countdown has begun to the Inistioge Summer Festival, which will take place over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Now in its fourth year, the festival will include activities such as pony rides, “lost skills” demonstrations, circus performers, dog shows, vintage cars and a busking corner.

The festival will kick off on June 2 at 5pm with a family 3k run with prizes for the fastest buggy, egg and spoon and funniest hat.

On June 3, the GAA pitch will be transformed into one big playground with a programme of events including traditional games from 1-5.30pm. In addition to fire juggling, stilt walking and live music, children’s games will include a free supervised bouncy castle, a free circus workshop, pony rides, body zorbs, stocks, face painting and more.

To recharge the batteries, after all that entertainment, there will be drinks and food stalls to whet the appetite, including a summer barbecue, a marquee serving teas, coffees and locally produced home-made treats along with gourmet food and dessert stalls. In the craft and farmers market there will be hand-made crafts and gifts, children’s toys and organic local produce.

On the evening of June 3, to wind down, Fourpenny Rock and Hatchery Folk will give a free open-air concert in the Millennium Garden in the heart of Inistioge. Entrance is free for children and €5 for adults.

Speaking at the official festival launch, committee member Fiona Macrae expressed her delight at introducing the extended and enhanced 2012 festival. “The theme revolves around traditional outdoor entertainment for the family in an unrivalled magical location. It’s all about fun, healthy pursuits, good food, great crafts and lots of activities for the kids,” she said.

For more details and to view a video of last year’s festival highlights, see Facebook/InistiogeSummerFestival.

All money raised from the event will go towards offsetting the cost of the Cois Abhann Centre, a joint effort by the Inistioge Community Council and the Rower Inistioge GAA club.