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A huge bumper weekend of racing, family fun, food and crafts, vintage cars and much more will be packed into the programme of events for this year's Racing Home for Easter festival in Mallow.
Now in its fourth year, the festival will run from March 30 - April 3 and this year, a pre-1940s vintage car run and display has been added to the impressive programme of events.
Festival Chairperson, Mary Kelly, said that Mallow is the place to be this Easter bank holiday weekend, with racing, fashion, a pet show, jugglers, music, a river raft run and a 10km family cycle all taking place over the festival.
She said that it all about showing what Mallow has to offer.
“Easter Saturday sees the first of three days of top class racing at Cork Racecourse Mallow, but if that’s not your thing, then a family day will be held in the gorgeous surroundings of Mallow Castle. So many people forget that we have such a wonderful building right in the middle of our town and it’ll be a secure location for mummies and daddies to relax and let the kids run around enjoying all the activities”.
The castle grounds will play host to staged music acts including Shannon Murphy from RTE’s The Voice of Ireland from Castletownroche, juggling act Johnny D’Juggler, a 20 foot giant crocodile, rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, carousel and much more.
Easter Sunday will then see the food and craft fair on the main street and the pre-1940s vintage cars will be displayed in the Market Square.
Organiser Jimmy Bohan said that there has been huge interest in the event, as more than 60 cars are coming from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe.
"This will add another element of horsepower to what is already one of the best weekends to be in Mallow," he said.
RTE presenter and up and coming designer, Brendan Courtney, will be on hand to judge Best Dressed Lady and Gent on Easter Sunday, March 31 at Cork Racecourse Mallow, where €1,000 in vouchers for Moda Mallow and €500 for Barry’s Menswear will be presented to those deemed most stylish on the day.
Check out the full programme of events at www.racinghomeforeaster.com on Twitter @mallowfestival or on Facebook.com/Racing Home for Easter.
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