ARE you looking forward to this year's Ashbourne Highland Gathering on Sunday? Wondering what is happening on the day?
Events on the recreation ground will begin around 10am and the schedule will run as follows:
PIPE BAND EVENTS:
10.45am: Grade four starts.
12.30pm: Drum majors inspection for dress.
12.55pm: Grade 4A starts.
2.05pm: Grade three starts.
3.15pm: Parade of grade-four bands.
3.35pm: Grade two starts.
4.35pm: Grade one starts.
4.41pm: Drum majors challenge.
Noon: Chieftain's parade leaves Ashbourne.
12.15pm: Chieftain's parade arrives in arena/Opening ceremony.
12.24pm: Heavy events start/Putting the stone.
12.45pm: Weight for distance.
1.15pm: Throwing the hammer.
2pm: Weight for height.
2.30pm: Manhood stones.
3pm: Tossing the caber round one.
3.25pm: Tossing the caber round two.
4pm: Presentations to the heavies.
ALL OTHER EVENTS:
11am: Highland dancing starts/Folk music - Hugh J Stewart.
11.25am: Sheep racing.
Noon: Tug of war - pulling starts/Folk music - Stephen Quigg.
12.30pm: Folk music - JigeryFolkery
12.55pm: Folk music - Hugh J Stewart and friends.
1.30pm: Children's sports.
2pm: Folk music - Stephen Quigg.
3pm: Hill race starts/Folk music - Stargazy
3.25pm: Hill race returns to field.
4pm: Drum majors final/Folk music finale.
4.30pm: Dog and duck display.
5pm: Massed bands and presentation of prizes.
5.45pm: Grand parade of bands through the town, including the Bowling Green drum majors challenge, with part two outside the Green Man Hotel and part three in Dig Street, at the Coach and Horses. This will be followed by the presentation of the gallon bottle of whisky to the the winning drum major.
Adult admission this year is £10 but tickets bought in advance from the Tourist Information Centre cost £8.
Senior citizens are charged £8.50 on the gate and children under 14 are admitted free of charge.
Car parking, which is open from 8am, is charged at £1.50.