THEY'RE oiling up the wheelie-bin wheels and feeding the racing pigs a high-protein muscle-building diet as the town gears up for another fantastic Harvest Festival.
While the Race company takes care of the high-octane action on the Island, the Harvest Festival committee are - as always - putting together a fantastic programme of events to keep everyone in great mirth on the streets of the town after each day's racing.
"It's going to be brilliant and we've another fantastic line-up of hilarious events, concerts and much else in store for everyone," chairman of the committee Christy Walsh told The Kerryman. Best of all, the street entertainment is completely free!
Harvest Festival high-jinks kick off on Tuesday night with the annual charity football match at which a few celeb players are expected. "We're hoping for a few big names as well this year with a celebrity bainisteoir or two and a celebrity referee as well!" Christy hinted. Throw-in is at 8pm at the Listowel Emmets and this year the match will be played for charity Pieta House - the very same charity that brought such joy to the town with Cora O'Brien's Nunday recently.
Wheelie-bin racing, barmens' racing, beer-carrying contests and much more provides the action on the Wednesday night as north Kerry band Heart and Soul provide the music from the Market Street stage.
One of the highlights of the street entertainment will be pig-racing night on Market Street on the Thursday night of the Races. "It should definitely prove to be one of the highlights of the Harvest Festival," Christy added. "We have special pigs coming down from the night and they each get a little jockey teddy bear tied onto them for six races on the night in all. It's hilarious and a huge favourite of everyone's!"
Listowel band Dante O'Riordan will perform throughout the pig racing on the Market Street stage.
"Friday, of course, will see the 53rd All-Ireland Wrenboy finals and we've a number of brilliant groups coming in so it should be spectacular. The Foggy Dew will warm things up and the first Wrenboy group is expected on stage for 8.30pm," Christy explained.
And Causeway super talents the O'Neill Sisters have been confirmed this week as the main act for the Saturday night - performing at the stage in the Square in what is sure to be a wonderful end to another year's fantastic Listowel Races fun.