Newspaper for Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Newry and Down.

Festival of Light convoy leads town’s Halloween festivities

As part of this year’s Halloween celebrations in Crossmaglen and south Armagh, the area’s annual Festival of Light Truck Run will get underway this Saturday, commencing at 8.00pm from the town square.

With more than 150 rigs of all make, model and age taking part in this ever-popular event, spectators will be treated to a dazzling display of illumination and noise as the convoy winds its way across the 20-mile route through south Armagh before returning to the town.  The route can be viewed on Superbites Facebook page, where drivers can also register to take part.  Everyone is encouraged to come out in support of this impressive spectacle, the proceeds of which are all in aid of charity.

As in previous years, hundreds of spectators are expected to gather at vantage points along the route and in the town and, as such, organisers have warned of delays and traffic congestion, particularly for those attending 6.30pm Mass in St. Patrick’s Church.  People are advised to leave extra time for their journey and the organizing committee offers apologies for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Meanwhile, Halloween trick-or-treating will be in full swing on Monday 31st with the day-long family fun and children’s entertainment commencing at 1pm in Crossmaglen.

Revellers can take a spin on the Spooky Train from the Square where there will be bouncy castles, face painting, pumpkin carving and a live DJ belting out all the latest hits, while the Rangers Hall will be the scene of NERF Wars as the club camogie squad host their fundraising Coffee Afternoon followed by a Movie Night from 7-9pm.

Bubble Soccer and Art workshops will take place in the Youth Club while Sean Brannigan will present his popular magic show at 2.30pm and 4pm in the Community Centre.

At 7pm, the award winning Jonesboro Accordion Band will perform at the Rangers Hall, immediately followed by the highly anticipated fireworks display at 7.30pm.  And the festival will draw to a close with live music by Daniel Byrne & The Timekeepers on stage in the Square from 8-10pm.

A full inventory of events is listed in the Festival programme available free from shops and businesses around the area.

With the focus on family fun, this year’s South Armagh Halloween Festival offers something for everyone and organisers hope to see a huge turnout of support and, of course, fancy dress is optional!