Organisers of one of Forres most historical events are hoping to secure support for this year’s event by encouraging stallholders to sign up.
With just weeks to go until the 91st Forres Highland Games takes place, organisers of the annual event are calling out for more crafters, artists and artisan food and drink suppliers to get involved.
Mike Scott, secretary of the Forres Highland Games committee said: “Every year we have a wealth of stalls at the Forres Highland Games and this year will be no different. We already have a wonderful range of stallholders including artists, jewellery makers and those selling tradition Scottish gifts. However, we wanted to put a call out to those who have maybe never been to the Forres Highland Games before or who may be new to business and want the chance to promote their product at our event.”
The Forres Highland Games takes place on 6 July in Grant Park and offers a fun day out, as Mike, who has been involved with the Games for 59 years, explained: “From caber tossing to the hammer throw, long jump, high jump and more, the Forres Highland Games is a fun day out and will provide locals and tourists alike with a traditional Scottish experience.”
He added: “Unique to the Forres Games is the Message Bike Race where spectators can turn participant and race the field on an old traditional message bike in hope of lifting the winner’s trophy.”
Games Day commences at midday with Forres and District Pipe Band starting off proceedings with a procession through the centre of the Moray town before the Games’ flag is raised above the arena with events starting at 12.30pm.
During the day, visitors can also enjoy fairground attractions, a beer tent, Highland dancing, solo piping and massed pipe bands.
This year’s Chieftain has been chosen as John Channon, chairman of the Forres and District Pipe Band.
John is no stranger to the Forres Games having not only played with the band at the event but having previously competed in the high jump and sprint.
Speaking of his role as Chieftain, John said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the letter. I kept it to myself for a while and when I eventually did tell the band, they of course all already knew. The worst kept secret.”
John added: “I really do consider this a great honour and I am really looking forward to the day and being able to meet the stallholders, visitors, those involved in organising the Games, the judges and adjudicators and of course the competitors. It’s a great day out and I am thrilled to be this year’s Chieftain.”