Check out these fantastic competitions for 2016

With a substantial prize fund and the coveted crystal bowl up for grabs, this year sees the return of the Foxford RiverFest Irish Open Spey Casting Competition on 21st August.   It promises to be very heavily contested, with many of the top fly casters from Ireland and overseas converging on Foxford on the day. Ruairi Costello, pictured below (right) with Michael Tiernan, took the title last year.hubert cupcompetition 1boat building winnerscup for competition
Come and compete or spectate at this great event. The location of the course will be decided closer to the day and it is subject to weather and water conditions. Register on the day of the competition or email riverfestfoxford@gmail.com to let us know that you want to compete.

Angling Competition: Also on Sun21st, Foxford Salmon Anglers and Gannon’s Fishery open their waters for their cups. Last years winners were Hubert Kolansinski and Paul Walsh.

Back for 2016 is the RiverFest Boat Building Challenge on Saturday 20th, run in conjunction with Paul Walsh of Kingfisher Craft, Foxford. Click here www.kingfishercraft.ie

A master carpenter, Paul builds canoes and kayaks in his workshop in the banks of the Moy and is organising this unique challenge! Come and watch 4 teams battle it out to build and paint their boat, make it river-worthy and paddle it out and back in style! Boats will be built on the Saturday and will be raced across the river on Sunday afternoon. Kieran Staunton’s team were winners of the Kingfisher Boat Building Challenge Shield in 2016 – will they retain the title this year? To enter a team, call Paul on 087 3578601.

If you don’t want to build a boat, but just compete in one, sign up for the RiverFest Rowing Competition on Saturday 20th, beginning at at 11am. Entry fee is €3, register at the rowing stand on the day. Lifejackets will be supplied.

The Busking Competition runs again this year on Saturday 20th. There are two categories – under 18 and 18 and over. All varieties of music are welcome. There is a great prize fund and there are prizes for the most entertaining acts, as well as the best performers. Register on the day at the festival office between 10-11am. Happy Busking!