Organisers of Cupar’s annual highland games are hoping local people will show their support for the event by backing a fund-raising campaign due to be launched soon.
This summer’s games had to be cancelled due to a fall in visitor numbers over the last few years — mostly due to persistent bad weather — which has resulted in the event suffering financially.
However, with a break to re-assess how the games are managed and a new fund-raising campaign in the pipeline, chairman Alan Hendry said he’s hopeful that next year’s highland games will be a huge success.
The first fund-raising venture will be the publication of a new Cupar calendar which invites local amateur photographers to submit electronic copies of their favourite scenes.
Mr Hendry said he hopes this will capture the public’s imagination, especially given that many more people are taking photos while out and about with their mobile phones.
He said: “We would love it if people could send us in photos from the Cupar and district area.
“Photos can be of anything that catches their eye; landscapes, sporting events, seasonal scenes or interesting ‘characters’.
“Anything that is interesting and eye-catching really!”
Mr Hendry said that submissions, which should be made by August 31, will be judged by a panel including games committee members and chieftains.
“It is hoped that once we have chosen the photos we will have a very fast turn-around and have them out in the shops by September.”
Mr Hendry said the committee had already received support from Cupar Rotary Club and Cupar Round Table who have sponsored a page at £50 each and is hopeful other local businesses will come forward.
He added: “It would be fantastic if everyone could get involved with this; we have other events including a quiz night and even a cow pat competition organised for later on which we hope everyone will enjoy and support.”
Photographs should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the website, www.cuparhighlandgames.org
Images should be 300dpi or higher to allow for good reproduction, and it is preferred that they should not have been published previously.