ORGANISERS were left devastated after having to pull the plug on Glenrothes Gala on Saturday.
The popular annual event had to be cancelled at the eleventh hour because Warout Playing Fields - where it was to be staged - was completely waterlogged.
Committee members, along with Fife Council parks department, had been monitoring the condition of the playing fields in the week leading up to to the gala.
But unfortunately the wet weather didn’t help and further rainfall just made the grass soggier and as a result, the gala had to be cancelled.
Anne McLean, secretary, told the ‘Gazette’ the gala committee are now busy counting the cost of the cencellation.
She added: “A whole lot of time and money goes into presenting a town gala - many of our entertainers and equipment hirers ask for booking deposits, which are all now lost.
“We have spent a lot on advertising banners and flyers which are now useless.
“Our insurance fee has gone, plus vast amounts of stationary and postage costs.
“Prizes and goody bags don’t come cheap, but are also useless now.
“We need a good gala day to recoup our expenses and make a bit of money to start off the next year’s gala fund and we don’t have that now.
“Entertainers, stall holders, dog show entrants, tug of war entrants and spectators are all very disappointed.”
Help Fife Animals host the dog show at the gala and had also planned a rally obedience competition, novelty classes and a doggy dancing competition which attracts entries from all over the United KingdomK.
Anne added: “This is Help Fife Animals major fund raising event each year.
“So much preparation goes into the gala and it has all been completely wiped out by the weather. We have all been left devastated and it has just been a mess. “
We can’t re-organise the gala now because its too late in the year.”
Despite the miserable wet summer, most local galas in the Glenrothes area have managed to escape being hit too hard by the weather.
Thornton Highland Gathering was the only major event of the summer which had to be cancelled, prior to Saturday’s cancellation.
The vagaries of the weather in Scotland mean that it is pretty much hit and miss for event organisers, who just have to keep fingers crossed that their big day proves to be a kind one.