Game Fair heavy traf­fic warn­ing

SCONE: Or­gan­is­ers have ‘ro­bust’ plan for tourist at­trac­tion

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Paul reoch

Mo­torists are braced for lengthy de­lays around Perth at the week­end as around 30,000 peo­ple de­scend on the grounds of Scone Palace for the Scot­tish Game Fair.

Or­gan­is­ers of the event, which be­gins to­day and runs un­til Sun­day, ex­pect heavy traf­fic around “peak times” but claim they have had a “ro­bust” traf­fic plan pro­duced in dis­cus­sion with po­lice.

Queues of traf­fic are ex­pected on the M90, the A90 trunk road south of Perth and the A93 as thou­sands of ve­hi­cles make their way into the sin­gle-ac­cess site.

The an­nual event is re­garded as one of Perthshire’s main tourist attractions.

Mo­torists have been warned they could face dis­rup­tion this week­end due to ex­pected heavy traf­fic as thou­sands of peo­ple travel to the Scot­tish Game Fair near Perth.

With more than 30,000 peo­ple ex­pected to visit the event in the grounds of Scone Palace over the course of three days, driv­ers have been ad­vised to leave plenty time for their jour­ney, with queues of traf­fic ex­pected on the M90, the A90 trunk road south of Perth and the A93.

Trans­port Scot­land said “traf­fic is ex­pected to be heav­ier than nor­mal” on the lo­cal roads around Perth and Scone be­cause of the event.

A spokes­woman for the Scot­tish Game Fair, which be­gins to­day, ad­mit­ted they “an­tic­i­pate” the traf­fic will be busy around peak times, but stressed they have a “ro­bust traf­fic plan” in place.

“We are con­fi­dent that we’ll keep things mov­ing as quickly and safely as pos­si­ble,” she said.

“We have been work­ing closely with Po­lice Scot­land and will use a one-way sys­tem, which has been very suc­cess­ful in pre­vi­ous years.”

The Game Fair is an an­nual gathering for coun­try sports en­thu­si­asts, of­fer­ing a packed pro­gramme of events and ac­tiv­i­ties in the grounds of Scone Palace.

This year’s event will host the in­au­gu­ral four na­tions’ in­ter­na­tional gun dog com­pe­ti­tion to­mor­row. This will see teams from Scot­land, Eng­land, Ire­land and Wales com­pet­ing on the is­land in front of a grand­stand by the River Tay.

The Scot­tish Game Fair spokesper­son com­mented: “Some 470 traders – the high­est num­ber yet to at­tend – are al­ready on site, ready­ing for the start of the 29th an­nual fair in the heart of Perthshire.

“This year’s packed and lively main ring pro­gramme in­cludes lots of favourites such as the Dog ‘n’ Duck Show, spec­tac­u­lar axe demos from Gwynedd Ax­e­men, the Tug o’ War, and the ever-pop­u­lar ter­rier rac­ing.

“There will also be attractions in­clud­ing birds of prey, pipe bands, gun dog demos, fish­ing demos and dog agility.”

She con­tin­ued: “The newly re­vamped fish­ing area will in­clude a ded­i­cated area called the bothy for panel dis­cus­sions, pre­sen­ta­tions and Q&As with guest speak­ers and ex­perts.

“Writer, broad­caster and fish­ing fa­natic Fiona Armstrong will fea­ture in a panel dis­cus­sion en­cour­ag­ing more women to get into angling, and Euro­pean and World Fly Cast­ing cham­pion Hy­well Mor­gan will be demon­strat­ing his win­ning tech­nique in the main ring, as well as ap­pear­ing at the Bothy as part of the panel dis­cus­sions.”

There will also be clay and drone shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tions and the re­turn of the food hall, which will fea­ture 45 ex­hibitors. And chil­dren can en­joy the ‘wee beast­ies’ mar­quee, where they will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn about honey bees and pol­li­na­tion.

Some 470 traders – the high­est num­ber yet to at­tend – are al­ready on site, ready­ing for the start of the 29th an­nual fair in the heart of Perthshire

Pic­ture: Phil Han­nah.

Game Fair vis­i­tor Car­rie Anderson at Scone Palace yes­ter­day with Cor­rie, Fet­lar, Cider and Pete.

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