The beginning of September may herald the end of summer and start of autumn, but it also brings one of the region’s most popular events with St James’ Fair in Kelso.
Staged over Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7, this year sees the fair celebrate its10th anniversary and the two days promise a weekend of fun and entertainment for all the family.
As is now tradition, the fair opens with a magnificent procession, opening ceremony and crowning of this year’s king, queen, standard bearer and cushion bearer at 11.30am on the Saturday morning.
This is followed, on the main stage in the town square, by a full programme of family entertainment from 10am until 5pm on the Saturday, and then from 10am until 4pm on the Sunday.
Also in the town square, as well as the Horse Market, you find street entertainers, workshops, birds of prey, rides, children’s funfair, and the famous St James’ Fair Tombola.
Look out for some really great deals on the fabulous arts, crafts and antique stalls and be tempted at the Continental Market with more delicious products and foods to keep you refreshed throughout the weekend.
Come along Sunday morning and join in an outdoor ecumenical service in the town square and don’t miss the historical walks, which leave from the town house at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday, or the town house exhibition.
St James’ Fair taps in to the rich vein of young Borders talent and provides a fantastic platform for dancers, singers and instrumentalists to perform on the big stage.
Who knows what the organisers will have dreamt up to keep fair-goers entertained this year.
Whatever it is, full details of the main stage entertainments, exhibitions, competitions and events are published in the St James’ Fair Programme – available in shops and pubs around the town.
There will also be two fund-raising events for the fair this year – an evening of song and prose with the ladies of Mosaic vocal group in concert tomorrow (Friday, August 29) and the Kelso Ghost Walk, on Saturday (August 30).