The 63rd annual Ballygar Carnival gets underway tonight (Thursday) and this year’s line-up offers something for everyone – the sporting enthusiast, the musical maestro and of course there are lots of family events to keep young and old entertained. The carnival opening takes place tonight (Thursday), followed by a Beat on the Street with Few Unlike Many at 9 pm. A hurling tournament takes place at St. Brendan’s GAA pitch from 7.30 pm on Thursday evening. The first event at the complex is a spectacular disco with Sound to Light from 11.30 pm to 2 am. The Dublin City Ramblers and a Meat Loaf Tribute Band are the twin highlights of Friday night. The Dublin City Ramblers are live on the street from 9 pm, while a Meat Loaf tribute band will take to the stage in the Complex on Friday night. Earlier on Friday evening, there will be an evening of gourmet cooking at the Complex with Frank Moynihan Cookery School. Admission is €10 and the event gets underway at 8 pm sharp. A football tournament also takes place on Saturday evening, starting at 7.30 pm at St. Brendan’s GAA pitch. The annual Carnival Soccer Tournament takes place on the Niall Walshe Field at 12 noon on Saturday. Later that evening judges will decide upon the Star of Ballygar talent show. Admission to the event at the complex is €5 and there will be €600 in prize money. Doc Savage and Shandy Folk are free on the street from 10 pm, while The Rock Monsters will be on stage at the Complex later that night. Sunday is one of the busiest days of the carnival. The children’s fancy dress on the street is always a popular event. It will be followed by ladies and men’s tug-o-war events at 6 pm. The Barman’s race takes place at 8 pm and you can watch your local bar man or woman take on the rest of the town in this event. Local band Dave and Blue Tax will be the free street gig on Sunday night, while Bagatelle should prove a great attraction at the Complex later that night. Monday is Fair Day in Ballygar and visitors can look forward to cally making, butter making, a farmers’ market and various stalls, competitions and other events. The Clare Celts will be live on the street from 9 pm, while the Conquerors are back in Ballygar by popular demand on Sunday night. Tuesday is the last day of this year’s Carnival. Monster bingo with €5,000 in prizes will attract bingo goers from far and wide and the jackpot on the night is a guaranteed €1,500. Later that night, there is a disco with Freebird Roadshow in the complex. Apart from the various events, Murray’s amusements will be in Ballygar for the duration of the carnival, opening nightly from 7.30 pm and from 2 pm on Sunday and Monday. Organisers of Ballygar Carnival this week expressed thanks to all the local traders and all who sponsored this year’s event.