The 30th anniversary of Macra’s Blue Jean Country Queen Festival will take place this coming June Bank holiday weekend (June 2nd to 5th).
The festival, organised by Meath Macra, will see the arrival of up to 30 young ladies to the town of Athboy in co. Meath. They will all be hoping to claim this years title for 2017. The event will also see numerous family events takes place, live musical performances, including performances from Trevor Smith and friends in low places, a Gareth Brooks tribute band.
The festival is sponsored by Athboy Credit Union and will commence on June 2nd.
Upon arrival at the event the queens will make their way to the Causey Farm experience for a team building exercise and will afterwards return to Darnley Lodge Hotel to meet their host families.
They will then take the stage to be interviewed by the IFA and local Athboy man Joe Healy, MC on the day.
The Saturday (June 3rd) will see the annual Street Carnival and Craft Fair take place on the main street of the town from 1-5p.m. This includes also events such as the Great Blue jean bake off, a children’s drama workshop and sideshows form Meath Macra and local community groups.
A karaoke event will be held in the evening in Floods Bar while a free BBQ will take place from 7p.m., hosted by the Credit Union.
That night from 9p.m. will see the start of the Queens annual pub crawl which will finish up in TABU nightclub and venue. A 30th anniversary celebration will also take place, free of charge, featuring music from DJ John Bird.
Sunday’s events include Lark in the park which will commence at 12.30pm. While the queens will compete in a fancy-dress football match featuring a reel in the years theme. The Gala Banquet will take place in the Darnley Lodge Hotel, followed by the announcement of the 2017 Blue Jean Country Queen midnight. Once the new Queen has been crowned by 2016 Queen Dearbhla O'Connor from Co. Louth.
The winners of this years competiton will stand to win €1,000 in prize money, runners up will be awards €500, while 3rd place will receive €300 in prize money. Following the announcement there will be music by Matt and Paul Leavy with dancing in TABU Nightclub.
This year's festival will be judged by inaugural Queen Samantha Baldwin, who returns to Athboy for the first time since she won the competition in 1987.
Speaking at the launch festival chairperson Aiveen Cully-Dunne commented, “We're excited to welcome this year's Queens and would like to thank our sponsors, especially Athboy Credit Union, the community of Athboy and members of Meath Macra for 30 years of fantastic support for our festival.”
For more information on events taking place and tickets please visit the official website at www.bluejeanfest.com