Howdy Partners! The 22nd Millport Country and Western Festival is aiming high as organisers expect this year's event to be the best yet from 2-4 September.

The family friendly festival has had a complete revamp in recent years, and the hard working committee hope to make sure Millport stays the best in the west with more family fun for all, on top of the traditional live music with 15 bands, two discos, and line dance workshops.

There are two marquees in the Garrison grounds, and the DA Hall, which will be the main live music venues.

And the festival is all encompassing, and a celebration of American culture itself, with jive classes, pony rides, lasso lessons, a native American stall and lots more besides.

Swooping in again is the KG Hawks display, while the brilliant roar of the Harley Davidsons will again be heard resonating round the island.

And there will be live street music from the superb Samba Ya Bamba to really make sure things go with a swing.

Sheriff Angela Giorgetti of the Festival Committee said: "Our hard working group are committed to bringing more family fun to the island for the visiting cowboys. There will be plenty to keep children occupied including face painting, bouncy castles, and lots more. You will even see Elvis and a unicorn!

"The grand parade starts on Saturday at 2.30pm which will be truly spectacular. The festival really does have something for everyone."

"There is also the fastest draw competition at the Garrison at 4pm, followed by the hot dog eating competition at 4.30pm."

Millport seafront beach will be the setting for pony rides -available all festival weekend 2-4 September, arranged by Linn Park Equestrian Centre in Glasgow.

After being successfully introduced last year, Rock till you drop Sunday jive classes take place on Sunday afternoon, for all music lovers of the 1950s and 60s. Yee hah!

* Thanks to Alan Cawley for the photos.

Weekend wristbands £10, day wristbands £5 and donation for use of the campsite is £15. For more details, go to the Millport Country and Western facebook page, or

Friday: Cactus Jack's (large marquee) 7.30pm Davie Wilson 8.35pm Calcio 9.40pm Dave Wilson 10.45pm Calcio 11.45pm Close. Buffalo Bill's (The Newton) 8pm Brodie Last Chance Saloon (The Tavern) 8pm Smoking Gunns and Dallas Girls.

Saturday: Cactus Jack's (large marquee) 12-1.30pm Line Dance workshop with Diana Dawson; 1.30pm Still Water 3.15pm Still Water 4.15pm Still Water 6.45pm Kentucky Rain 7.35pm Texas Tornados 8.25pm Kentucky Rain 9.20pm Texas Tornadoes 10.10pm Kentucky Rain 11pm Texas Tornados

Wounded Knee (DA Hall) 7pm Lorraine McMillan Band 7.45pm Steve James 8.30pm Grand Canyon 9.15pm Lorraine McMillan Band 10pm Steve James 10.45pm Grand Canyon 11.30pm All bands together

Buffalo Bill's (Newton Bar) 12 noon - Line Dancing class, 3pm and 8pm - Brodie

Last Chance Saloon (Tavern) 1.30pm Dallas Girls 8.30pm Smoking Gunns

Crazy Horse (small marquee) 12.30pm Wayne Stewart Duo 1.30pm Saloon Drifters 3pm Wayne Stewart Duo 5pm Saloon Drifters 6pm Wayne Stewart Duo 7pm Saloon Drifters 7.45pm Dixie Beaver Band 9pm Johnnie Lee Memphis (Elvis) 9.45pm Dixie Beaver Band 10.15pm Johnnie Lee Memphs (Elvis)

Sunday: Cactus Jack's (large marquee) 1.30pm Carson City 2.45pm Carson City 4pm Carson City 6.45pm Buzzard Creek 7.45pm Buzzard Creek 8.45pm Trophy Presentation 9pm Buzzard Creek 9.45pm Trilogy and Finale