WITH bouncing rubber balls, halfmarathons, pig-racing, former Miss Irelands, open-sea swimming competitions and God knows what else, Ballyheigue is going to be a riot of laughs and excitement for its 12th Summer Fest starting on Sunday, July 1, next.
With over 50 events on its remarkable programme, including a number of brand-new additions, the village is likely to consolidate its reputation as the place to be in north Kerry for the first week of July.
New additions this year include the Kerry Head Half Marathon and the Ballyheigue Ball Roll.
"We'll be selling up to 800 rubber balls at €2 a pop and then letting them all drop from a JCB bucket at the top of the village to see which ones rolls through Ballyheigue the furthest with the winner getting €200!" Vice-Chairman of the Festival committee John Brassil said.
"We've 53 events altogether on the programme so we're looking forward to another fantastic week of it to kick-start the summer season for Ballyheigue," John added.
The Kerry Head Half Marathon will open the festival on the Sunday with the Village Fete and Festival Queen selection bringing it all to a close the following Sunday, July 8.
In between, however, is an ocean of fun. Former Miss Ireland, the gorgeous Roz Purcell DJs in the Festival marquee on Saturday night, in the middle of three nights of live music at the big tent.
Any truffles growing in the Ballyheigue soil will be uprooted as a herd of pigs is unloosed in the third-annual hilarious pig races.
And some of the best swimmers in the area take to the slip at Dromatoor for the Slip to Shore 2km open-sea swim.
For full details of the programme log onto www.ballyheigue.ie.