An extraordinary general meeting of the Ballina Salmon Festival will take place later this evening.

The future of the festival is currently under threat, following a poor turnout at the recent AGM.

One of Ireland's longest-running family festivals, it attracts over 250,000 people to Ballina each Summer for a week of events, including the National Heritage Day, International Evening, Mardi Gras and Children's Programme.

The festival's annual general meeting was poorly attended, according to outgoing Chairman Billy Lewis, who says a number of dedicated festival directors are stepping down, and new volunteers are needed to take up the mantle.

Mr Lewis says it's likely there may not be a Ballina Salmon Festival next year, unless more people are prepared to become involved.

All interested are being urged to attend the EGM of the festival tonight at the Cot & Cobble in Ballina at 8pm.

Billy Lewis told Midwest News that volunteers are now urgently needed to ensure the future of the festival is secure.

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