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Thursday 24 April 2014

This is Newmarket, Toto, not Kansas but their 10-day summer festival is all set to be a magical series of events

These are the actual people organising the Newmarket Summer Festival: Tin man, JJ Keane; Lion, Jerry McCann; Straw man, Mike Guerin; Dorothy, Brid Moynihan; Glenda, Michelle Enright; Green Witch, Noreen Sheahan; Witch of the West, Teresa O'Sullivan; Toto - Pepper ... it’s going to be magic.

ONE good blast of heat followed by red arms, ears and noses heralds the start of another Irish season, between spring and autumn, and with the change in people's wardrobe comes the Newmarket Summer Festival.

This year the festival kicks off with a real bang on Friday, June 28. Not only is there an opening parade, to which all groups and individuals are invited to take part, but there is also the bona-fide, real-life, A-list celebrity in the form of Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley.

The fun continues the next day at the Island Wood with the Adventure to Oz, a family friendly event featuring a duck race, story book corner, a pet farm, arts and crafts, face painting and lots more. Bring a blanket, a picnic and grab a son/daughter or niece/nephew and enjoy a special day out.

Later that day, in what the organising committee call their 'Enchanted Evening', there will be a magnificent performance by the Aria String Trio at 7pm for one hour only.

And it continues, for over a week more, with events such as the 'Mr and Mrs Quiz', family sports day, an Irish music day with music and dancing on New Street, puc fada evening, and 'Epic Teenage Disco' and more, much more.

Expect to see high hair dos, bright red lipstick and lots of polka dots and swishing skirts for the rockabilly themed ladies night in Scully's on the second Friday night. There will even be rock 'n'roll jiving lessons from professional dance tutor Dancing Derek.

The festival wouldn't be complete without the presence of world-class funfair 'Spin City' in the town park each night.

Meanwhile, a steady hand and a keen eye will be required for the darts tournament at Dan Hourigan's on Saturday, July 6.

On Sunday, the Duhallow Vintage Club will host another great family day out with a vintage car display in aid of Kanturk Hospital at the James O'Keeffe Institute.

Over the ten days of the festival there is something to appeal to everyone with more activities, including a car boot sale on Saturday, July 6 and an American tea party that night with live music by The Celt.

There will also be plenty entertainment in local bars throughout the festival, ranging from live bands, discos, karaoke and even a beach party. The jam packed 10 days of hoopla will be brought to a magnificent close with a fireworks display that will light up the sky.

For further details log on to www.newmarketfestival.com

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