Moneygall’s American Festival has been extended to four days this year and runs from July 4 to 7. In keeping with the spirit of The Gathering, the festival will host American photographer Denny Lynch who will display photographs from the re-election and inauguration of Barack Obama in 2013. The exhibition will open on July 4 in the Legion Hall.
The village festivities then turn to Laughton House for an American Tea Party to celebrate Independence Day. As well as music, song and dance, there will be a chance to view the gardens in the historic estate.
Friday evening will open with a Family Car Treasure Hunt where parents, grandparents and children will be sent on a trail around Moneygall to discover the hidden treasures and clues that will lead to a financial reward. The village then turns to Las Vegas at 9pm with a Casino Night in the Marquee. This was a major success last year, so book tickets early this year to avoid disappointment.
Saturda, July 6, will be a family fun day hosted in St Flannan’s GAA centre, with arts and crafts for the children followed by activities on the pitch for all of the family. The grounds will also host American Wrestlers with a ring in the centre of the pitch. The festival committee also has secured donkeys for a derby. There will be stalls and traders in the grounds.
The festivities then move to the main street where buskers and street entertainment will play out the evening until everybody heads to the marquee. Moneygall National School will hold a Kentucky Derby Race Night, and everyone is encouraged to dress up and enjoy a night at the races. There will be a prize for the best dressed lady.
If you still have stamina and are feeling fit you can also take part in the 10km run or the 6km route on Sunday, with all proceeds going to Moneygall Activity Park fund. Registration starts at 11am and the race begins at noon. The day continues then with a parade of vintage cars, dancers, musicians and will be followed on street entertainment. The festival ends by selecting a contender for the International Joe Dolan Bachelor Festival to represent the village in Mullingar.
Kieran Costello, on behalf of the festival, welcomed new sponsors, Lycamobile on board. and encouraged everyone to take part.
“We hope that the festival will bring family, friends and neighbours together for a weekend. It’s an opportunity to invite people to our village and the invitation is extended far and wide,” he said.
For more details, visit www.moneygall.ie