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Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

THIS year’s Ark­low Seabreeze Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val runs from Fri­day, July 19 to Sun­day, July 21 with some­thing to suit all tastes from the very young to the very old.

The fes­ti­val kicked off on Sun­day, July 7 with the Bridge­wa­ter Seabreeze Princess Com­pe­ti­tion in The Mid­way with Jamie McClean, rep­re­sent­ing The Bay Beauty Rooms, win­ning the cov­eted ti­tle.

The fes­ti­val week­end be­gins on Fri­day, July 19 with a Car­ni­val in the Park on Main Street opens. It will be on all week­end long. The Trade Winds In­ter­na­tional Burger Eat­ing Com­pe­ti­tion takes place at 8.30 p.m. and there’ll be mu­sic at 9.30 p.m. with Bare Bones.

Satur­day, July 20 prom­ises to be a fun-day for ev­ery­one. The Sum­mer Sounds 2019 In­ter­na­tional March­ing Bands Com­pe­ti­tion and Drum Corps com­pe­ti­tion will be at the Ark­low Celtic FC grounds from 2 p.m.

The Dainty Bak­ery Baby Show takes place in the Park at 3 p.m. While the busk­ing com­pe­ti­tion runs all over the town from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with cash prizes to be won.

New this year is Pound with Ais, a drum­ming in­spired work­out at 7 p.m. The Pint Challenge takes place on the Main Street at 8 p.m. There will be mu­sic on the top stage from Wise Guys, on the mid­dle stage Finch and on the bot­tom stage Af­ter Hours.

On Sun­day, July 21, there will be ar­ti­san food and crafts on the Main Street and the McDon­ald’s Teddy Bears Pic­nic in the Park at 2 p.m.

The Pipe Band Com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways a huge at­trac­tion for vis­i­tors and runs at the Top Stage from 2 p.m. with bands from across Ire­land. On the Main Street, Wick­low Mi­nors Comhal­tas will per­form at 2 p.m. fol­lowed by street fun and games at 3 p.m.

The Ark­low Seabreeze Pig Derby will fea­ture on the Main Street at 4 p.m. with the Pipe Bands pa­rade at 5 p.m. Mid­way Chilli Madness gets un­der­way at 7.30 p.m. The Great Ball Race, which was a big hit last year, returns at 8 p.m.

To fin­ish off the evening, there will be mu­sic on the top stage with Ab­baesque, Déjà Vu on the mid­dle stage and The Navvies on the bot­tom stage. A fire­works display will bring the fes­ti­val to a close in front of Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre at 11 p.m. The best view­ing points will be on the River Walk or the Bridge.

A big thank you to all who gave their time and money to help out again this year, our Fes­ti­val Friends and Spon­sors. Thanks also to Ark­low Waste Dis­posal for spon­sor­ing the bins for the week­end. The fes­ti­val com­mit­tee are truly grate­ful for their sup­port to keep Ark­low clean and tidy. Thanks to the Gar­dai, Or­der of Malta and ev­ery­one else for their help.

The Ark­low Vis­ual Arts Com­mu­nity Gallery will have an ex­hi­bi­tion open with beau­ti­ful works of art on display and avail­able to pur­chase.

Check out our web­site www. ark­lowseabree­ze­fes­ti­ or visit our Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion.

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