THOUSANDS of people are expected to head for Moss Farm over the Bank Holiday weekend to enjoy the feast of entertainment lined-up for this year's Northwich Festival.
The festival kicks off on Friday and continues across the weekend up to the big day on Bank Holiday Monday with a non-stop series of music, dance and sports events.
Proceeds from the event will go to Northwich Rugby Club and a number of charities and good causes including St Luke's Hospice.
Organiser Tim Pickering said: 'Every-thing is in place for a great weekend. The festival continues to evolve and this year we have several new events to draw the crowds. We are hoping the weather stays fine and people support us and our charities.'
Highlights include the UK Strongman contest on the final day and a concert on the Saturday featuring iconic seventies band Revolution and the Chronicle's very own singing star, reporter Anthony Harvison.
Music also takes centre stage on Friday evening when the finalists in the Cheshire singer songwriter contest, Songs From The Heart Of Cheshire, compete for glory.
The main event on Sunday afternoon is a children's competition to find a new Miss Northwich Festival (ages nine to 12), Miss Summer Festival (ages five to eight) and Mr Muscle Man (ages eight to 12). Registration is at 2pm and the contest starts at 3pm.
The festival reaches its traditional climax on Monday when muscle-bound beef cakes from all over the country take part in a daunting series of challenges from 11am onwards.
Country singer Tennesee Jacks, aka Rod Smith of Winsford, will be entertaining the crowds in the main marquee from 12.30pm onwards and there is also a custom car show.
* For tickets and details, call 01606 783835 or 07885 046499 or visit www. northwich-festival. co.uk.