Pic: Niall Duffy

THE excitement and anticipation is building as this year’s Castletownbere Festival is almost upon us.

The festival runs from Friday, August 3rd to Thursday, August 9th.

Among the highlights are fun and games in The Square and live music on the Friday night including pint drinking while wheelbarrow racing, reverse egg, horse shoe throwing, sheaf throwing competitions.

On Saturday there’s a food & craft fair in The Square, children’s fancy dress parade, bouncy castles, trampolines and climbing wall, live performance by Drum & Dance Ireland.

On Sunday it’s a family fun day in The Square, bonny baby competition, best-dressed dog, bicycle obstacle course, pedal go kart trials, open air ceili, live music and lots more.

On the Monday, August 6th there is the annual fishermen’s mass in the Auction Hall, followed by blessing of the boats, Castletownbere annual regatta, live music and more events.

The festival continues until Sunday, August 12th with events every day.