Get down on the farm in heart of town

Some of the vintage vehicle owners who regularly exhibit at Country Comes to Town, along with joint chairman John Wilson. INPT37-060
Some of the vintage vehicle owners who regularly exhibit at Country Comes to Town, along with joint chairman John Wilson. INPT37-060

Vintage vehicles. music and lots for the whole family to see and do are guaranteed next Saturday at Country Comes to Town.

More than 300 vintage cars, tractors, lorries and farm machinery will be on display in and around the town centre.

And if you’re a country music fan, you’ll be in the right place, with three-piece backing band Country Features on stage at the Plaza.

They will be supporting featured artistes such as Tony Kerr, Joe Moore, Kathy McGovern, Boxcar Brian and Carmel McKenna.

And this year the star of the show will be the second most famous son of Donegal, Gary Gamble.

Throughout Portadown’s streets, there will be even more country music with performers such as Colin Harney, Kenny Paul, The Duets, Wee Tom, Richard Finlay, Neil Hobson, Ina Logan and Shauna McStravock.

For the children and young people – and maybe the not so young – there will be amusements, rides, face-painting, a family dog show, clowns, magicians, steam traction engines, pony rides, petting farms, a teddy bear’s picnic, balloon craft and colouring competitions.

Working history exhibits such as threshing, soda-bread making, butter churning, blacksmithing, wood-turning, spinning and quilting are sure to have a broad appeal and there’s also a family pony show and horse and carriage competitions adjacent to The Meadows Shopping Centre car park.

If you’re feeling more active, why not join in with the Brazilian Beat dancers or maybe you’d prefer to try a few Russian steps? In fact, the festival will feature a host of multi-cultural activities from across the globe – food, dance and national dress from across Europe, Africa and South America.

All the action is happening throughout the town’s main streets and side streets which are closed off to traffic between 8.30 am and 6.30 pm. It’s also taking place in High Street Mall and The Meadows Shopping Centre.

The organisers say they are indebted to the Meadows for providing its lead commercial sponsorship this year, along with support from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

Trains will bring visitors right to the heart of the activities and there are car parks dotted all around the edges of the main streets too. As well as the entertainment, visitors are urged to check out the excellent independent retailers that the town boasts.

In the meantime, catch up with Country Comes to Town on Portadown’s new radio station, ABC Radio on 
100.2 FM.