Fingers crossed for carnival time weather at the Port

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The village of Port William is gearing up for it’s annual carnival week and fingers are firmly crossed that the glorious weather lasts until August 10!

The double whammy of carnival week and Wigtown Show often brings ‘ex-Portites’ back home in droves to enjoy the fun and catch up with friends and family.

The ‘week’ is a movable feast these days and included into the extensive programme that Port William Community Association have lined up is this weekend’s flower festival in Mochrum Kirk on Saturday and Sunday.

Next Friday there’s football for vintage players, darts and dominoes before things get going in earnest with the crowning of the carnival queen 2014, Miss Lauren Fingland on Saturday, August 2, in the grand marquee on the Harbour Green. This is followed by sports day up on the Maxwell Park and the carnival queen’s ball in the marquee at night.

It’s off up to Mochrum Kirk on Sunday morning for the traditional church service before having a stroll round the craft fair and farmers’ market in the marquee. Petrolheads will love the auto test in the park at 6pm and the popular curry and quiz night rounds the day off in the Monreith Arms.

Get your golf clubs looked out for Monday morning’s tournament at St Medan’s. The kids can get let loose on the Second Sands for the sand sculpture and at night enjoy a fascinating talk by Gregor Christie and Robin Kinnear on Land & Sea (Pigs and PIRSAC) in the marquess.

Its junior golf at St Medan’s on Tuesday and there’s a fashion show from the community shop for the ladies before the main event – the motorists treasure hunt in the evening.

Head off to the ‘cattle show’ in Bladnoch Park on Wednesday but make sure you are back in time for the evening of magic with John Harrower in the marquee that evening.

For most carnival week regulars, nothing beats the fancy dress parade on Thursday night, as contestants and decorated floats make their stately way from the Bottle Hole to The Square accompanied by the pipe band. After the prizes are handed over, finish the evening off by dancing the night away to Night Shift’s music in the marquee.

Friday will host the baby show and the teddy bears’ picnic and the prize giving for the arts festival, which will be open daily in the harbour gallery.

Well-known TV gardening personality Jim McCall from The Beechgrove Garden will be hosting his gardener’s question time in the marquee on Saturday at 11am - always a sell out event. This is followed by the pet show and a new innovation this year, the glamorous granny and gorgeous grandpa competition in the marquee. Buy a duck for £1 and take part in the Killantrae Burn duck race before the wonderful Tourie Band, fire up their fiddles for their annual concert that night, compared by the incomparable Jim McColl, in the marquee.

The week draws to a close on Sunday with the closing church service a fun day at the golf course before songs of praise and the closing ceremony rounds off carnival week 2014 in the marquee in the evening.

The full programme is available in shops and community outlets for £1.50. All profits from the sale of the programme go back into the community.