Portadown is gearing up to welcome more than 40,000 visitors to the 16th annual “Country Comes to Town” festival on September 19th with a feast of entertainment, education and lots of fun activity for the whole family to enjoy.
Portadown, in association with the ACBC Borough Council and The Meadows Shopping Centre, will come alive with the sound of the best country music as renowned artists, groups and bands travel from across Ireland to provide a party atmosphere. Donegal’s second son, Gary Gamble, will be on the St Mark’s Plaza main stage with the festival’s resident three-piece band, ‘Country Features’ to get toes tapping and shoes shuffling!
Fans of vintage vehicles will be able to enjoy over 300 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 to eat!
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has provided invaluable support and resources for the 2015 Festival to take place and 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.”
The Meadows Shopping Centre is Portadown’s premier shopping destination and lead commercial sponsor of this year’s festival. Adrian Farrell, The Meadow’s Centre Manager is thrilled to be involved: “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 that 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!