Well we nearly made it, after a week of Mediterranean weather on the Saturday of the Gala the weather broke and the afternoon saw a torrential downpour. However despite the weather it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the Rafters or the enjoyment of the assembled crowd. The day started off at Drimsynie Hotel where the Caravan & Chalet owners held their traditional coffee morning. The event was well attended and people who attended were able to avail themselves of bric-a-brac, tombola and of course a raffle. As this event concluded in the village car park things were beginning to getstarted and the various stalls and equipment were erected in dry conditions.
This year in addition to the Fun Fair we had the Argyll Holidays boating pond, which was filled in record time with the assistance of our local Fire Brigade team. The Sports Club were noticeable with their basketball and putting games and for those of a certain disposition a chance to ‘throw the sponge’. The Golf Club had their very successful hamburger bbq and a new stall the American Cake & Waffle all did a roaring trade and for those still needing a sweetener Tom Ducat dispensed ‘miles’ of candy floss. The Findlay team were at their stalls with raffle tickets and tombola and the RNLI carried on their display. Christine Ducat of Bonnie Faces must have painted most of the children in Lochgoilhead judging by Mongomery kept everybody going with his music and commentary whilst also introducing the Highland Dancers and piper Dean Hammon.
In the village hall the craft fair was well attended and I overheard somebody requesting rain to drive people inside. The weather did not dampen the demonstration of the chip pan demo which was held by the Fire Brigade. Well as the raft race started the heavens opened up but people were able to keep dry by sheltering in the newly purchased marquee. This marquee has been purchased by the Gala committee, for the village, and is available for hire, at a nominal rate, for anybody who requires it. rafters then took centre stage with a collection of varied rafts and motley dressed crew. There will be more of the raft race in next month’s issue but I would like to congratulate The Unkles family on their raft Rampage. These children on their own built their raft and paddled across the Loch, well done and an example for others. As noted earlier in the article the day can be judged to have been most enjoyable and a success which will encourage the committee for next year. Due to the requirement of the printing deadlines there is no report of the Children’s sports but a full report will be ready for the next edition of The Wee Goil.
This article appeared in the August 2014 issue of the Wee Goil