Leyland Festival plans taking shape - and they’re looking tasty!

Last year's Festival Queen Laura Elsdon (right) and Princess Annie Massan
Last year's Festival Queen Laura Elsdon (right) and Princess Annie Massan

Preparations are well underway for the Leyland Festival next month, with people now being encouraged to sign up for a number of competitions including the bake-off, Festival Queen and a new Man vs Food event.

The festival, which takes place on Saturday, June 15, has an American theme this year, with the country’s popular Man vs Food TV show providing inspiration for a new contest.

Joanne Wood, from APC Overnight, who sits on the festival committee, said: “Whittakers butchers from Leyland Market is creating a giant 16 ounce burger with all the trimmings, for people to sink their teeth into.

“It requires a £10 donation to take part, with proceeds going to the Ross Tomlinson Tribute Fund, and there’s a version for children which involves them putting their hands into boxes and feeling to guess what food is in there.

“A popular event last year was the bake-off competition, so that has an American theme this time.

“People can make a cake, muffin or pie, and prizes are from the Best Western Hotel.”

The festival, which gets underway from 11am with the traditional parade through the town featuring community groups and heritage vehicles, and which then moves onto Worden Park, is being sponsored this year by Ainscough Holdings, New Progress Housing, Leyland Trucks and JPW Construction Lancashire Ltd, which Joanne says has been a big boost.

Entries are now also being taken for the Festival Queen, from girls aged 11 to 16, who live in the South Ribble area.

Anyone wanting to take part in that or the bake-off should email festival@southribble.gov.uk by May 24 to request an entry form.

Other events will include a California surf simulator, Wild West fun and games, the popular ‘Paws in the Park’ dog show, and live entertainment from local performers including dancing, cheerleading and drama.

Festival programmes and ‘fast track’ entry tickets are now available from shops in Leyland and the Civic Centre offices in West Paddock.