Offaly entrant in Blue Jean Country Queen Festival

THE Blue Jean Country Queen Festival held in the small town of Athboy, County Meath promises to one of the better summer festivals.

THE Blue Jean Country Queen Festival held in the small town of Athboy, County Meath promises to one of the better summer festivals.

Angela Ryan from the Ferbane/Banagher Branch of Macra na Feirme is Offaly’s representative in the 2011 festival, the twenty fourth to date organised by Meath Macra na Feirme.

Angela and the other thirty-one expected Queens are guaranteed a fun-filled, action packed weekend. From Friday June 3 when they are interviewed on Stage in the Old Darnley Lodge Hotel, to the final music session on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, they have a hectic schedule.

Saturday afternoon sees Angela and the other Queens taking to the streets for a carnival which guarantees fun and frolics for all the family. While on Sunday the Queens will change from fancy dress to modelling dress to formal dress all within twelve hours.

Among the top national artists on this year’s programme are Director, who along with Navan band The Myth play in the festival marquee on Saturday June 4, and Lebowski who play on Sunday June 5. The presence of Matt

Leavy, Buck Mulligan’s Nite Club and Old Stagecoach on the itinerary ensure that all tastes are catered for.

Angela herself is an 18 year old student and her hobbies include farming, sailing, camogie, reading and socialising (particularly at macra events).

Although fun is the name of the game Angela and the other Queens will be competing for some wonderful prizes. First prize sponsored by Farrelly Brothers Agricultural Contractors is €1500 and the title of Blue Jean Country Queen 2011. The runner-up will receive €750 sponsored by Stephens Cooke & Co, while the winner of third prize receives €350 sponsored by Gilsenan Brothers.

The winner of 2011 Blue Jean Country Queen title will be announced at midnight on Sunday June 5 and will be crowned by reigning queen, Meath’s Celine Smyth. This year they will also receive a specially commissioned tiara sponsored by goldsmith Sara Hunter.

Tickets can be bought online at www.bluejeanfest.com and can also be bought on the door but banquet tickets must be booked in advance. For Ticket Sales and Enquiries call 087-2154729.