Volunteers needed for festival
The Blackrock Seaside Festival is nearly upon us again. This is the third year of the event, with a small committed group behind it who would like some volunteers to help out.
It will run on Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17 this year and promises to be just as successful as the last two years, which saw thousands flock to Blackrock to this free family friendly festival.
The festival caters for all age groups, with a programme that includes the popular tug-o-war competition and loads of music on the beach stage.
The weekend will comprise a similar programme as in the last two years, but the Festival Queen contest has been omitted due to funding constraints.
One other event not in the programme is the local athletic club's road race, but it is expected to return next year when the festival will coincide with the annual Fifteenth bank holiday.
There will be live music each day on the beach from 3pm onwards. The organisers say they have a fine line-up of performers, and have asked businesses to sponsor a band.
The big attractions on the Saturday will be the children's sandcastle competition and adult tug-o-war.
A craft market will be held, and a fun fair will be set up in the village's car park, offering plenty of amusements for children as well as adults.
There will also be sports for the children on the Sunday on the beach, and a Bonny Baby competition which is always popular for all ages.
A chilli-eating competition was a great hit last year and is once again to be held, while another event to be staged is a duathlon, with a category for children as well as adults.