Sunday, August 09, 2015

River Festival forced to drop Tug O'War

There will be no Tug O'War at this year's Kilcullen River Festival, because of insurance restrictions, writes Brian Byrne.

But there are many other attractions organised for the 23 August event to make up for the loss of this one.

Pet grooming expert Nanncy Poulain (above) is busy deciding on categories for the Dog Competition which will be open to young owners. Entry in each category will be €2, and the proceeds will be shared with local charities.

This year's Festival also has a Soap Box Derby, for which a number of local groups have been building vehicles. The competitors will be required to wear safety gear, and observe strict safety rules, and will race each other in pairs down from Hillcrest in knock-out heats.

The display of Army vehicles and weapons systems which was such a big draw in the earlier years of the Festival is back this year.

And the Raft Race which attracts some very inventive and humorous constructions will continue to throw up surprises this year.

Meanwhile, there's very strong interest being reported for the second Kilcullen Triathlon, which will be held on the evening of 22 August as part of the Festival weekend.

The organisers are making changes to keep crowds away from direct contact with contestants, following some minor difficulties last year.