The 27th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival will take place on Duncannon Beach in County Wexford from August 9 to 11 this year. Professional Sand-sculptors will be onsite from Thursday, August 8 creating giant sand-sculpted masterpieces under the 2013 theme of ‘Water Safety’.
Commenting on the upcoming event and the festival theme one of the festivals organiser’s Cathy Dowling said, “We are delighted to be hosting the 27th festival, it’s always a wonderful weekend and something really special for the locals and visitors to the village. We usually have a cartoon theme or something very child friendly this year however given all of the tragedies at sea this summer; we felt that highlighting Water-safety is just so important, so the sculptures will feature the Rescue 117 Helicopter, the RNLI and the Irish Coastguard and highlight the wonderful work that they all do.”
The festival will kick off on Friday with a free Sports Active event on Duncannon Beach from 11am to 3pm for ages 8-14. A giant beach party will mark the grand opening of sand sculptures from 7:30pm with music by DJ Noel Lynch, Kids Party Club and a huge fireworks display after dark lighting up the village.
Festivities recommence again on Saturday morning from 10am with the Sand-Sculpture exhibition opening to visitors. Family fun events on beautiful Duncannon beach take place throughout Saturday offering, a teddy bears picnic on the beach, music from the Barrack Street Marching Band and the Ballindaggin Pipe Band in the village, amateur sand-sculpting sessions, a children’s puppet show and disco, fancy dress competition, outdoor wrestling from Irish Whip Wrestling, and music from ‘Kobi’ in the Strand Tavern in Roche’s Bar.
The family fun events will continue on Duncannon beach on Sunday with the Sand-Sculpting exhibition continuing from 10am, rugby training with Leinster Rugby, amateur sand sculpting on the beach, Street Theatre with the Madcaps in the Village, Freeway at the Strand Tavern and Eat the Peach in Roche’s Bar. Other Activities include Water Zorbing, Tug O’War and Beach Games throughout the day.
For further details on the festival see http://www.visitwexford.ie