Annual fair at Craigtoun Country Park proves a winner

The City of St Andrews Pipe Band provide the entertainment on a tour of the park.
The City of St Andrews Pipe Band provide the entertainment on a tour of the park.
  • More than 4000 visitors flock to park
  • Rain forces cancellation of first day
  • Fair marks start of daily opening for summer holidays
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Thousands of visitors turned out to enjoy a day of family fun at the weekend at the Craigtoun Country Park Summer Fair.

While torrential rain on Saturday put paid to the first day of the event which the organisers had to cancel, the weather was perfect for Sunday.

With the car park filled to capacity, it was estimated that more than 4000 people came to enjoy the fair, additional entertainment and the park’s regular attractions.

As ever, Puffin’ Billy and the Rio Grande train were in great demand and were doing their circuits of the park non-stop throughout the day.

One of the highlights was when the City of St Andrews Pipe Band played on board Puffin’ Billy as it travelled round, entertaining all those enjoying picnics on the grass.

Family fun at Craigtoun.

Family fun at Craigtoun.

Also providing the entertainment were the Billy Anderson Accordion Band.

Meanwhile the boats and pedalos on the boating lake were in great demand for families and couples.

Fife Council’s gardeners have pulled out all the stops and the park is blooming for the summer season and the volunteers from the Friends of Craigtoun Park and the temporary summer staff are now geared up for a busy season.

The fair marks the official start of the park’s summer and its attractions are now open daily, weather permitting, throughout the school holidays.

Everyone had a good time and we had lots of feedback saying how great the park was looking.

Kyff Roberts

“It was unfortunate about the weather on Saturday but we were blessed with sunshine on Sunday and the crowds came out,” said Kyff Roberts, of the Friends of Craigtoun.

“Everyone had a good time and we had lots of feedback saying how great the park was looking.

“Seeing it so busy is extremely gratifying for the Friends of Craigtoun.”

The park had been falling into disrepair when the Friends volunteers decided to take action to resurrect the attractions and save it for new generations to enjoy.

Billy Anderson's band perform at the Craigtoun fair

Billy Anderson's band perform at the Craigtoun fair

For further information about the park call 01334 472013 during opening hours or see the Friends of Craigtoun Park’s Facebook page.

The Park facilities are now open daily, weather permitting, until 31st August and further information can be had by phoning 01334472013 during opening hours.

Six-year-old twins Lucas and Joshua Ewing from Kirkcaldy are pictured with storyteller Sheila Kinninmonth at the Craigtoun Fair

Six-year-old twins Lucas and Joshua Ewing from Kirkcaldy are pictured with storyteller Sheila Kinninmonth at the Craigtoun Fair

All aboard Puffin' Billy.

All aboard Puffin' Billy.

Youngsters at Craigtoun Country Park annual fair.

Youngsters at Craigtoun Country Park annual fair.