The 10th annual Coachford Family Festival kicks off this weekend and another packed weekend of fun, family favourites and craic is being lined up by the organisers. The Coachford 5 Mile Road Race takes to the starting line on Thursday evening, July 12th at 8pm. Registration is from 6pm in the local GAA Hall. There are changing and shower facilities, Chip timing, warm up and down areas, loads of prizes and after race refreshments. This AAI approved race was voted the ‘best 5 mile road race in 2017’ by runners and it’s definitely not one to be missed. further info from Jerh O Sullivan on 086 8329321. On Friday July 13th the fantastic Children’s Fancy Dress Parade and Open Air Disco takes place at the GAA grounds. This was a great success last year and the organisers are expecting it to be an even better event this year if that is even possible!. All children are invited to come along wearing a costume and ready to have some open air fun. The parade starts at 7pm so come a little earlier. High Nellies, pure bred doggies and great music are the stars of the show on Saturday. Owners and riders of the high Nelly bicycles are asked to gather in the GAA grounds at 5pm and everyone will take to the highways and byways at 5.30pm. There will be prizes for the best dressed male and female cyclists and one for the best looking bike. This is a great day out so beg borrow or even steal a High Nelly and take part in this cycle around the area. The largest Dog show in the Lee Valley area takes place at 7pm Sharp. There are loads of categories and loads of prizes. Come along and show off your pooch, pet and best pal. More info from Tadgh on 087 2426343. Music and Dancing will take place on Saturday night as the ‘Rambling Folk’ take to the stage from 8-10pm to entertain and to get everyone dancing. There are full bar facilities available. Sunday is Funday and there are loads and loads of events taking place at the Family Festival. It kicks off from 12noon and there is something for everyone this year. Cool down in our Dunk Tank, Challenge yourself and your friends to the Cross Bar Challenge, Sheaf Tossing and Kick Darts. Come along and challenge Ireland’s Strongest Man. Bring your children to take part in the kids sports and Hurling and football blitz. There are loads of side shows, trade stands, a farmers market, a free Irish dancing Feis, and the brilliant Egg Tossing game. There is a Tug of War display, a Model Toy Show, ice Cream vans, Tea, Coffee & cakes and so much more to see and do. Make sure to catch the Men and Ladies Tractor Builders, This is a brilliant spectacle. The World Cup Final will be available to watch on TV if you can tear yourself away from all the activities in the field and in the Hall. The Broomhill Vintage Club have a brilliant display planned for Sunday when they will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Morris Minor and the 50th anniversary of the Mark I Ford Escort. There will be loads of vintage and classic cars and tractors on show and this is a great opportunity to see some of the cars that you may have driven in your youth! Chairman of the organising committee Jerh O’Sullivan said, “ We are all looking forward to this year’s Festival. There is so much planned and it looks like good weather is guaranteed so it’s going to be a fantastic few days for everyone. We are indebted to all our sponsors for their very generous support. We are hoping to raise loads of money for Marymount Hospice, CUH Children’s Unit, Autism Classrooms in Farran and Berrings, Pieta House and Local Charities. We would love if everyone could come to our events and enjoy what we have organised. Everyone is welcome.