THE sun shone down on Muckhart at the weekend for a packed community event.

There was some good old, home spun fun for all the family at the park on Saturday, June 17.

The village came together for a whole host of activities during The Great Muckhart Get Together.

Orchestrated by the Muckhart and Glendevon Amenity Society, it was in line with many other events happening on the date to commemorate the life of Jo Cox.

Alison Peden, one of the organisers, said: "It was great to see so many of our community enjoying the fun and games on Saturday, there was a huge response from our community groups and businesses.

"It was just fabulous to see all the generations represented and enjoying the Great Muckhart Get Together, we live in a very special community that is stuffed with talent and generosity.

"A huge thanks to the team behind The Great Muckhart Get Together, all that planning certainly paid off as there was loads to keep all generations entertained and having fun.

"A really special day of good old fashioned village fun, I know all the kids and quite a few adults slept well on Saturday night."

Muckhart was decorated with bunting, and there were scarecrows peeping out of gardens and over walls as part of the Muckhart Parish Scarecrow Competition to help with the festive air.

The gathering started with a fancy dress parade through the village led by Andrew Ferguson, a pupil at Dollar Academy, playing the bagpipes and Dave Chapman in a vintage 1958 MGA.

Inside the park, tents and a marquee had been erected round a central sports arena, where there were games, races and entertainments for everybody, as well as refreshments including strawberries, cream and delicious elderflower cordial.

The day also brought local produce stalls, a raffle, tombola for children, coconut shy, lucky dip, facepainting, games, egg and spoon races, tug 'o' war, refreshments, ice-cream and cake.

A number of community groups and outlets were involved in the event, including Muckhart Primary School Parent Council, WRI, the church, Muckhart Community Council, Coronation Hall Committee, Monas of Muckhart, The Inn at Muckhart and lots of volunteers.

Any profits from the day will be divided between Muckhart Village Hall and Muckhart Primary School.

Prizes for the fancy dress competition were presented by Mrs Betty Watson.

Preschool winners:

First: Arthur and Samuel Stewart; Mickey Mouse

Second: Sanjay Suhamaran; Knight

Third: Sandy Price; Bumble bee

P1, 2 and 3 winners:

First: Emily MacMillan; Tic Tacs

Second: Josh Nisbet; Robot

Third: Justin Gerrard; Caveman

P4+ winners:

First: Esme Price; Bird of Paradise

Second: Lewis MacMillan; Robot

Third: Ava Watson; Rubik Cube

The overall winner was Emily MacMillan

Prizes for the scarecrow competition were presented by Mrs Daphne Tullis.

In the children’s competition the winners were:

First: Bob the Policeman by Florence Price

Second: Rapunzel Rapunzel let down your Hay by Hamish Croucher

Third: Scooby Doo by Heidi Nelson

In the adult competition winners were:

First: Scare Trooper, may the rain be with you by Christina Sutherland

Second: Captain Jack Sparrow by Mel Rafferty

Third: Darth Vader by Sara Smart

Best in Show: Hedgerow Forager by Alistair Cowan