Portadown is gearing up to welcome more than 40,000 visitors to the 16th annual Country Comes to Town festival on Saturday, September 19 with a feast of entertainment, education and lots of fun activity for the whole family.
The town, in association with the ABC Council and The Meadows Shopping Centre, will come alive with the sound of the best country music as artists, groups and bands travel from across Ireland to provide a party atmosphere.
Donegal singer Gary Gamble will be on St Mark’s Plaza main stage with the festival’s resident three-piece band, Country Features, to get toes tapping.
There will be more than 300 vintage vehicles on display, ranging from tractors and farm machinery to lorries and vans. For kids of all ages, there will be amusements, rides, face-painting, magicians, pony rides, a teddy bear’s picnic and scrumptious goodies.
Lord Mayor Darryn Causby said, “The Country Comes to Town Festival is a fantastic opportunity for all generations and all members of the community to enjoy the many attributes of country life that those in the towns and cities might not be aware of or get to enjoy.
“In one jam-packed day, visitors can learn skills in threshing, soda-bread making, butter churning and wood-turning.
“This festival day will also be a celebration of the multi-cultural diversity across the region with Brazilian and Russian dancers as well as food, dance and national dress from across Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.”
Adrian Farrell, Meadows Shopping Centre manager, said, “In our 20th year, The Meadows is delighted to be an associated sponsor of the annual Country Comes to Town Festival in Portadown.
“This is a major highlight for the town and is always eagerly awaited by the local community as we welcome visitors from far and wide, putting Portadown firmly on the map. I am personally looking forward to enjoying all that will be on offer and I extend my sincere congratulations to the members of the organising committee and all those involved in this great event.”
With numerous car parks around the town centre and the railway station close to the heart of the action, there are a multitude of ways for visitors to make the journey and enjoy all the festival has to offer, in addition to the many independent retailers, cafes, restaurants and bars that Portadown can provide.
All in all, a day not to be missed!