Sunday’s Lowland Gathering was an event I thoroughly enjoyed attending, writes Ewan McQueen.
The event has been a staple part of the Carrick calendar for over 30 years and I hope it continues to be so.
Thankfully this year’s Lowland Gathering was blessed with great weather, giving me and other attendees the perfect opportunity to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon checking out all the great stalls on offer - though I suspect it was more expensive if you took the kids along!
There was a fantastic range of stalls from food and drink to books, clothes and even politics.
Throw in pipe bands, Highland Dancing, rides, rock climbing and athletics, then this was truly an event that had something for everyone no matter your tastes and age.
Credit has to go to the Girvan Attractions Committee who work extraordinarily hard each year to ensure the sponsorship and stalls are in place for the Lowland Gathering. Everyone on the committee is a volunteer, and they run many other events too including the upcoming Civic Week as well as the fireworks display in November.
I would agree with many that the prices of food at burger vans and other outlets was far too expensive, as were some of the activities on offer for children.
Feedback to these events is always welcome and I’m giving my own in this piece and feedback will be taken on board by the attractions committee.
And some of the ideas I read online after yesterday struck me as having great potential.
A beer tent in that weather yesterday would have been a tremendous addition and excitement would definitely have been there for a duck race. No event in the world can be run perfectly, even big concerts and sporting events have glitches, but constructive feedback and positive ideas will continue to make the Lowland Gathering better, rain or shine.
Roll on June 2016!