The organisers of Country Comes to Town say this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever, with Asda coming on board as its corporate sponsor for the first year.
The event, which will be held from September 16-21, is also being supported by its main sponsor, Craigavon Borough Council.
Festival secretary Bryan McLaughlin said the committee was extending its reach this year with a variety of entertainment at Asda’s car park and along the route from Edenderry to the town centre.
While a lot of the “old favourites” will be back, there will be a number of new attractions this year. Among them are Brazilian Beat, a team of drummers and dancers with a wild, foot-tapping show which will be at both High Street Mall and Meadows Shopping Centre on the Saturday.
Virtusolvanov, a pair of professional musicians from the Bulgarian Philharmonic Orchestra, will also be at the Mall and the Meadows,
With this year being Portadown’s 400th birthday, CCTT has joined forces with the council to remember the age of steam with a number of steam train ‘special’ journeys between Portadown and Newry and Portadown and Lisburn.
Vintage vehicle enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a variety of cars, vans, motorbikes, lorries, tractors and farm machinery with this year’s highlight being a rare Model T Ford lorry, and there will also be a range of steam traction engines and static engines.
Craftspeople will be demonstrating skills such as thatching, butter-making and woodturning and a selection of chickens, goats, lambs, ducks and rabbits are sure to prove a big draw.
As usual, the town will be resounding to the beat of country music with the main stage on the plaza occupied by backing band Country Features with a number of musical guests throughout the day.
A Bike Fest, bringing together some spectacular motorcycles, will be held in High Street Mall car park on Saturday, while in the People’s Park, there will be horsepower of a more traditional sort with the pony and driving shows.
On Wednesday, the novelty dog show stars from 6.30.