Fun far from extinct at Falkland Festival

Falkland Festival 2016 - Willie Rennie MSP (left) and Stephen Gethins MP (right) were there on the day
Falkland Festival 2016 - Willie Rennie MSP (left) and Stephen Gethins MP (right) were there on the day

Although the village festival is over for another year, organisers say it was a huge success, with the whole community coming out in support of the event.

Following the opening at the Garden Party on June 19, there followed a week full of fun and cheer in the village, including a tea party at Lomond View Care Home, pub quizzes, live entertainment and, of course, the week’s grand finale, the street fair which was held last Saturday.

Falkland Festival 2016 - Zumba demo

Falkland Festival 2016 - Zumba demo

After a wet start to the day whilst organisers were setting up, thankfully the skies dried up and left a warm and cheery day for everyone to enjoy.

Keeping to the dinosaur theme, ‘Tyrant the Dinosaur’ led the childrens parade into the village square and down the high street.

And throughout the day there were a number of activities to get involved with, including Zumba, hill racing and falconry handling, making sure there was something for everyone.

Many participants reckoned this year was much bigger and better than before, with one stall holder commenting: “It’s great to see different community groups and local traders come together.

Falkland Festival 2016 - Tyrant the dinosaur led the childrens parade on the day

Falkland Festival 2016 - Tyrant the dinosaur led the childrens parade on the day

“I thought there was a lot more there this year than in previous years and there seemed to be a great atmosphere”.

Following the success of the 2016 event, the festival committee thanked everyone involved in planning or attending, promising a even bigger and better event for 2017.

Rena Jessiman, festival committee chairman, told the Herald and Citizen: “We were worried in the morning with the rain, but then it cleared up and everyone had a great time.

“The dinosaur theme went down great and everyone got involved with dressing up and decorating their stalls and shops with prehistoric decorations.

Falkland Festival 2016 - staff got into the dino theme too!

Falkland Festival 2016 - staff got into the dino theme too!

“This year was a bit bigger than normal and next year we intend to make it even better.”

Stuart Pearson, Visit Falkland representative, added: “Another successful event in the village, yet again showing what can be achieved when the whole community come together and take part.

“Everywhere you looked on Saturday people were smiling and enjoying the day, playing with their toys and hunting for the dinosaurs that were hidden everywhere.

“Visit Falkland are there to support the everyone in Falkland and work with all the groups, helping to bring the community together and make it a fantastic place to live and visit.

Falkland Festival 2016 - the childrens parade

Falkland Festival 2016 - the childrens parade

“The festival is certainly one of the key events in the diary which brings together the businesses, groups and residents of the local community.”