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Aberdour Festival 2011
Aberdour Festival 2011

ORGANISERS of this year’s Aberdour Festival are going for gold this weekend.

From humble beginnings as a fun village family event, the festival - which is now in its 29th year - has grown steadily to become a major player in the Fife festival circuit.

But despite its growing reputation, organisers say it is still very much a local event, attracting people from all the over the Kingdom and beyond to see what Aberdour has to offer.

This year’s event, which runs from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday, July 29, is boasting an Olympic theme. As well as traditional activities, the 2012 festival will also have some new features to reflect this. The 10-day programme, will include: the Royal parade, family ceilidh, treasure hunt, extreme sports day, the Donkey Brae Run and the raft race on the Forth. There are also special evening events.

The first is tomorrow (Friday) on the first night of the festival when carnival performers lead a new glowing opening procession in the village.

The glow parade will also feature stilt walkers and fire eaters. On Sunday, July 22 the supercharged Cyclocross racing is being brought to the village in association with Edinburgh’s Ronde Bicycle Outfitters. Other evening activities include: the Village Affair goes to Hades! (Monday); Bands by the Sands (Tuesday); the BAFTAs (Brilliant Aberdour Film Talent Awards) Film Night (Wednesday);

Aberdour Players Theatre (Thursday) and the Picnic at Aberdour Castle with The Whole Shebang (Friday, July 27).

Roy Devon, festival chairman, said on Saturday the parade will leave the marquee on the Silver Sands playing fields and make its way along Hawkcraig Road to Dovecot and then Aberdour Castle for the crowning of this year’s queen Eilidh Pearce, attended by Kitty McKean and king Ewan Gillanders, attended by Jack Stevenson. Afterwards the parade heads to the Black Sands for the afternoon’s activities.