Following the success of its 50th anniversary celebrations last year, the Greenlaw Festival is back!
The main events will take place from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26, with the traditional W. White Pairs Bowling Tournament rounding off the celebrations at Greenlaw Bowling Club the following Sunday (July 3).
The build up to the Festival weekend began on Monday, with the return of the popular Greenlaw Community Doodecacathalon, where teams compete over a series of 12 events, to win the prestigious Wilma Moscrop Memorial Trophy.
Events this year range from football to a cake-baking competition, and include a cream cracker eating competition, drawing/painting, tennis, golf, skipping, basketball, and a fancy dress.
Score cards are issued at the first chosen event to teams of up to five (to consist of at least one adult and one child under 12 OR a person over 65), and participants must compete in at least eight events to be eligible to win the trophy (anyone who succeeds in completing all 12 events will be awarded a T shirt!)
Points are up for grabs in each event, with 10 points for taking part, and a further 20 for coming first, 10 for coming second and five for third place in each event. Five points can be awarded to any team for exceptional creativity, accuracy, cooperation, ingenuity and encouragement, and double points are on offer for whole team entries to Greenlaw’s Got Talent!
The festival itself kicks off on Friday, June 24, with marquees due to go up on the Green around 8.30am (volunteers welcome!)
The bar will be open from 7pm until 11.30pm that evening, and attendees can look forward to a fun evening’s entertainment led by Yoo Hoo - a local alternative ceilidh band, and sets by Generate Radio DJ Ethan Mann.
Festivities continue from 6am on Saturday, June 25, with the annual fishing competition, organised by Tom Waldie.
At 12 noon crowds will gather for the crowning of the 2011 Greenlaw Maid Hannah Hay, who will leave her home at 12.15pm and will be piped from Church Hill to the Crowning Ceremony, which will take place at 12.30pm on the Town Hall steps.
The traditional ceremony will be performed by Mrs Joy Dobie DL and Mr Douglas Tweedie DL. and the Greenlaw Song, which gained the royal seal of approval when it was performed for Prince Charles last month, will be sung by the school children.
The procession will then make its way to the East and West Bridges with Duns Pipe Band.
Some interesting characters will be seen in the village at 3pm, when the children’s fancy dress parade takes place, and Scottish Country Dancing with the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society will begin at 4pm,
The bar will close at 5pm for a quick clear-up and turn around (all help gratefully accepted!) for the staging of Greenlaw’s Got Talent, which will take place from 7-9pm, so all budding entertainers have just over a week to perfect their acts...
Music by the amazing local FOG band will follow, with sets by Ethan Mann.
The Festival Family Service, taken by Rev Nicholson, will take place in Greenlaw Church on Sunday, June 26, at 9.45am.
This will be followed by an action-packed afternoon, including a Dog Show (registration at midday for the show at 12.30pm),Zumba (1.30pm), and Childrens’ Sports (2pm) before the Doodecacathalon Grand Finale at 3pm.
The Prizegiving Ceremony will begin at 3.30pm, when awards including the Wilma Moscrop Memorial Trophy for the Greenlaw Community Doodecacathlon; the Lanie Purves Trophies for the fastest under 16 local boy and girl; and the Hotel Trophy for the person/group who has contributed most to the Festival, will be presented. The results of the fishing competition and Greenlaw’s Got Talent results will also be announced, amongst others.
4pm marks the beginning of the end, with the Festival Finale Duck Race. General pack-up will follow, helped by the Reivers 4x4 - any other volunteers are welcome!