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Stewarton Bonnet Guild Gala Week
Sun, 10th June, 2018 - Sun, 17th June, 2018
This year’s 85th Bonnet Guild festival week will run from Sunday 10 June to Sunday 17 June 2018
with the highlight of the week, the crowning of the Corsehill Queen taking place on Gala Day, Saturday, 16 June in Avenue Square, Stewarton.
John Lynes, President of Stewarton Bonnet Guild said: “This year marks the 85th Bonnet Guild festival and we are looking forward to the forthcoming festival week very much. Preparations are well underway and celebrations will commence with traditional bunting being hung along the main streets of Stewarton at the beginning of the week, and will finish with the parade to the war memorial and divine service on Sunday 17 June”.
“There’s lots of new and exciting activities planned for the week, for all ages to enjoy, including the first ever Great Bonnet Cake Off (also featuring an artisan, mini food market) on Thursday 14th June and the Senior Football tournament will be making an appearance once again on Sunday 10th June with thanks to support from Stewarton United. The “Countries of the 2018 World Cup” theme for the decorated shop window displays and float parade on Saturday 16 June, is sure to be one of the most colourful and anticipated parts of the week and with over 17 floats already registered for the rolling parade we are confident of record participation in this our 85th year In the park on Gala Day there will be many more stalls to enjoy with the support of local suppliers and organisations, a revitalised sports and fun races schedule (including three legged and hobby horse racing!) and a traditional tug of war. Visitors to the park will also have the chance to buy a 50p ‘golden’ ticket to be in win the chance of winning £100 on the day and there will be a free Children’s Treat offered at the end of the day!
The Bonnet Guild festival began in 1933 and was originally created by local businessmen in Stewarton to provide a summer gala day for local families. Today, it is a week-long community festival, run by volunteer members of the Bonnet Guild – a non-profit organisation. All proceeds raised from this year’s festival will go towards ensuring the local festival will return next year for the whole community to enjoy once again.
Anyone interested in helping, sponsoring, supporting or donating to this year’s Festival should contact President John Lynes on 01560 482808 or 07932 10275.