Lots on offer at the Muff Festival

Lots of fun at last year's festival.
Lots of fun at last year's festival.

The 35th Muff Festival welcomes you to a feast of family fun, sports, spectacle, live music and dance.

This four day extravaganza hosts an assortment of daft competitions, street partying, parading and pageantry. Once more, an eclectic programme of 35 events will be staged over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Lots of fun at last year's festival.

Lots of fun at last year's festival.

This year sees the introduction of ‘The Big Marquee’ in the field where the main festival performance events and competitions will be staged, including the Irish premiere of the locally produced movie ‘The Muffia’.

Not to be out done by The Foyle Arena, Muff will also boast a climbing wall in the field on Sunday.

Muff Festival 2015 kicks off this Sunday with a number of pre-festival activities, leading to the main event to be staged over the Bank Holiday weekend. The junior seven-a-side football blitz will commence at QPS 3G pitch, at 1pm on Sunday 26th July. The Highlight of The Mayoral Campaign, ‘The War of The Roses’, charity cricket match also takes place in the Festival Field on 26th July at 2.30pm, when Mayor elect, John Putt’s ‘Lancashire’ Select (fortified by a few regular players from St Johnston) will do battle with a ‘Yorkshire” select captained by expat. Dave Burton, a native of Settle, Yorkshire, and strengthened by a few Brigade players.

Other Pre-Festival Events:

Lots of fun at last year's festival.

Lots of fun at last year's festival.

Junior Art Competition. Entries are to be left in Borderland by Friday 31st July with the theme of “Home is where the art is.”

Photographic Competition, Open and under 16. Entries (prints only) to be left at the Resource Centre before Saturday 1st August.

Thursday 30th July 9pm in the Squealin’ Pig. Music, song, recitation and yarns, leading to the announcement of the Mayoral Campaign Result followed by Milk Thistle on the main stage.

The Festival proper springs into life with the opening parade, from St Mary’s Community Hall at 7pm on Friday 31st July, led by the Mayor and the Muff Youth Accordion Band and a throng of floats, displays, bands and colourful fancy dress. In a departure from tradition, the Muff Festival Mrs & Mrs will be staged at 9pm in the Squealin’ Pig Lounge, with MC, Frank Galligan.

Saturday 1st August has local produce and crafts available in the field and the now established, Great Muff Bake Off, with the presentation of the James Rehill Memorial Trophy to the winner.

There is also a host of thrilling activities including a Teddy Bears’ Picnic in The Big Marquee, It’s a Knock-out, Birds of Prey, Pet Show, Archery, and of course tea and buns at the hospitality tent.

Meanwhile in the performance tent a galaxy of future stars display their talents and personality in the Junior Talent and Teen Rose competitions.

Saturday evening is given over to showcasing local musical talent with our Battle of the Bands, followed by String Fellas on stage in the wee marquee. Local Talent is also on display at the Carman’s Inn where the Back to Back winners will ride off with the Paddy Hegarty Memorial Cup.

On Sunday experienced cyclists are invited to participate in the Muff Festival Tour of The Foyle, leaving Muff at 9am and taking in the Foyle Bridge, Magilligan - Greencastle and Moville.

Sunday is also Family Sports Day in the field together with a family cycle, bonny baby, fancy dress, horseshoes, and the more quirky, lorry pulling competitions.