The sun shone, the music played, and the costumes were fantastic – it’s fair to say that the 2018 Kippen Street Fayre was a great success.
The warm weather was particularly welcome after last year’s downpour which didn’t let up until late afternoon. The Disney theme also went down well, resulting in some of the most imaginative fancy dress costumes seen in a long time. From Pinocchio and the Queen of Hearts to Mary Poppins and Cruella de Vil (to mention just a few), it was great to see adults and kids alike getting into the spirit of things. This year’s King and Queen, Ewan Milligan and Ava Scott, along with attendants Charis Bell, Freya Hadley Stove, Edward Boyd and Grant O’Donnell, led the street parade with the help of local piper Murray O’May. They were also joined by Special guests Elsa and Anna from Frozen (aka Shooting Starz) whose appearance on stage went down a storm (although we have to say the boys were better at following the dance moves than the girls!).
Charlie Sullivan won the sausage competition for her pork, rhubarb and lime recipe which local butcher Cameron Skinner made on the day. People also had the chance to have a go at making their own sausages, which helped raise more than £80 for Contact the Elderly.
People came from far and wide, with one visitor from Derbyshire winning the prize for the furthest travelled. The dog show, sponsored by Struthers and Scott, was very popular, especially the agility course which saw some underhand dog swapping (one black lab looks very much like another, right?).
Stallholders, local pubs and cafes did a roaring trade, especially those offering liquid refreshments to help quench the thirst in all that heat (not that anyone needed an excuse for a cocktail or two).
The raffle was popular as always and helped raise more than £500 for local groups and charities, thanks. A big thanks to the all the local businesses who donated prizes.
Musical entertainment was provided by Old Play, the Dodgy Characters, Alan Stewart and the lovely young singer Christie McEachern, who kept the crowds entertained throughout the day. Thanks are due to those involved in organising this year’s event and everyone who came along on the day to show their support. Special thanks also to Kippen Windfarm Initiative for their generous grant, which helped buy a number of new gazebos for this year’s event.