Stow Sports Week, which runs from Sunday June 14 until Saturday June 20, kicks off this weekend with the annual football tournament.
As ever, there will be a wide variety of entertainment on offer, from sheaf tossing and boules to the much-anticipated fancy dress parade, with the Sports Week Ceilidh Dance to round off the festivities.
Sunday’s Family Football Day, featuring a boys’ five-a-side football tournament, begins at noon, with a barbecue and refreshments thrown in.
Monday June 15 sees basketball matches for school children (P5-P7 and S1-S6), meeting at 6pm at the multicourt. Then the Men’s Football follows at 7.30pm, when Stow faces Killochyett. The big match’s big question will be: can Killochyett make amends for last year’s thrashing?
Then, starting on the playing fields on Tuesday at 6.15pm, there will be the Superstars competition and Treasure Hunt (remember to bring your own pencil). Wednesday, June 17, sees the annual Hillheid Race, which is open to children from P4 and adults. Racegoers will meet at 7pm on the playing fields, when the Adults’ Sheaf Tossing begins too. After the race comes the Welly Throw and Children’s Tug-o-War in the Park. Everyone is also invited to come along to try petanque (French boules) on Thursday June 18 in Stow Primary School at 7.30pm.
The Fancy Dress Parade then follows on Friday June 19 on the playing fields, where people should start gathering at 6.30pm for 7pm. Judging classes include: Best Dressed Girl under 8, Best Dressed Boy under 8, Best Dressed Girl 8-10, Best Dressed Boy 8-10, Best Dressed Girl 11-14, Best Dressed Boy 11-14, Best Dressed Couple, Best Dressed Group (Children), Best Dressed Group (Mixed), Best Dressed Rider (Cycle or Horse), Most Humorous, and Best Dressed Float. The overall winner will receive The Keddie Cup, and the best dressed group The Pate Cup.
Friday night’s Fancy Dress is followed by a Family Fancy Dress Disco and Cheese and Wine Evening in the Village Hall from 8pm until 11pm.
Sports in the Park follows on Saturday June 20, with participants first meeting at the Town Hall at 12.30pm to follow the Pipe Band to the park. The races, which include the linked arms race, the three-legged race, skipping, the sack race and egg and spoon, will then start at 1pm prompt. All track and field events are only open to children and adults who have, or have had a permanent place of residence in the Parishes of Stow or Heriot. The novelty, cycle and relay events are open to all.
Finally the Ceilidh Dance closes Stow Sports Week on Saturday June 20, from 8.30pm till late in the Town Hall, with pre-dance cocktails from 7.30pm-8.30pm, music and a licensed bar. The £7 tickets are available from the post office.