Tuesday 20 February 2018

Duncannon prepares for Sand Sculpting Festival

DUNCANNON BEACH is hosting the Sand Sculpting Festival from Friday to Sunday next (August 15 to 17), with huge crowds expected to attend for the festivities.

Now in its 28th year the festival will kick off with the opening of the sand sculpture exhibition, a kiddies beach party and a brilliant fireworks display.

Professional Sand-sculptors arrived in the picturesque village yesterday (Monday) creating giant sand-sculpted masterpieces under the 2014 theme of 'Jurassic Beach'.

Commenting on the upcoming event and the festival theme one of the festivals organiser's John Glennon said: 'We are delighted to be hosting the 28th festival. It is going to be a fantastic festival. We have lots of new elements including a human foosball table and a giant water slide, all on Duncannon Beach. The sand-sculptures will be an interpretation of land, air and sea dinosaurs and will certainly spark the imagination.'

The festival will kick off on Friday with a free giant family beach party to mark the grand opening of sand sculptures from 7 pm with music by DJ Noel Lynch. Fun beach games and competitions will be on offer on the beach and a huge fireworks display after dark lighting up the village.

Festivities recommence on Saturday with a Teddy Bears Picnic on the green, performances from the Barrack Street Band at 3 pm and wrestling on the green at 6 pm. The much-anticipated Jurassic Sand-Sculpture exhibition will open to visitors from 10 am.

Family fun events will take place on Duncannon beach throughout Saturday offering Tug o War, Bungee Trampolining, Water Zorbing, an obstacle course and more.

The family fun events will continue on Duncannon beach on Sunday with the Sand-Sculpting exhibition continuing from 10 am. Locals and visitors can register for the weekends main even the very serious amateur sand sculpting competition from 2 pm to 4 pm. Teams of four can register on the day.

For further details on the festival see

New Ross Standard

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