Newtonhill’s annual fair took place on Saturday with activities leading up to the main event all week.
Celebrations for the Olympic-themed Skateraw Fair had been ongoing since the successful sell out of the Family Party Night. Numerous football matches then attracted the crowds and kicked the week’s events off to a flying start.
Cammachmore FC played “The Legends” in a charity match, and the children’s 5-a-side tournament saw many future stars battling through the rain in hope of reaching the final. The adult 5-a-side tournament followed with “Tawsie Five Staaars” proving that they were stars not only by name but by nature whilst scooping this year’s winning title in a competitive final.
All ages were catered for with “Bus Pass Bingo” giving the seniors in the village some evening entertainment, and a successful “Buttery Morning” at the Bettridge Centre. Throughout the week there was also a picture hunt for children around the village with the Olympic theme.
The Fair day itself attracted a substantial crowd as the sun brought out the people of Newtonhill and further afield.
Olympian Jackie Lockhart donned her torch bearer outfit and marched from Newtonhill Church down to the Bettridge Centre with the Newtonhill Pipe Band and her Olympic torch.
The local curling hero then opened 2012’s Skateraw Fair and announced the winner of the best stall competition as the beer tent. The ever-successful beer tent was brimming at the seams this year as the sun shone on Newtonhill, and luckily the hard working volunteers were dressed for the heat. Keeping the Olympic theme traditional, Greek Gods and Goddesses were serving drinks to the thirsty Fair fans whilst keeping cool in togas and sandals.
There was plenty for the children to do with a mini-olympics taking place in the Coastal Park, face painting and various bouncy castles. There were numerous stalls inside and the evening saw 250 people dancing the night away to the Bloody Marys to finish the successful week off.