FORRES folk are keeping their fingers crossed that the rain will stay away for the final weekend of the Scottish Week programme, which will see a range of events happening at Grant Park, including the Rydeing of the Marches and Beating of the Retreat.
There is also the chance to take shelter at Forres Town Hall for the brand new ‘Suenos Scone’ baking and cooking competition.
The event aims to find the best recipe for tattie scones, with prizes and the honour of taking home the Championship title.
Chairman of the Forres Communities Activities Association organising committee, George Alexander wants everyone to enjoy the rest of the programme, although he admitted the weather could have been better.
Saturday will be a busy day kicking off with a childrens pet show taking place in the arena of Grant Park from 10am, followed by a mini art and sport fayre from 11am to 3pm, with a range of family activities such as mini highland games, victorian games and a special orienteering course specifically designed to engage pre-school children and primary kids.
A car boot sale will also be held at the Grant Park Football pitches opposite Andersons School, between 9am and 12 noon.
Meanwhile, members of the Moray Junior Curling Club will be going quackers, with a duck race taking place at the Mosset Burn starting at Scotties Bridge at 10am. First past the winning line will collect a prize.
THE Walking festival continues with a downhill walk along the old Highland RAilway track hosted by Dava Way Association members. Meet at the Forres Tolbooth at 11.30am for the fourteen mile walk.
A drop-in day at the Falconer Museum between 10am and 4pm will be based around the theme of the 2012 London Olympics with the chance to make an Olympic torch, and look at the museum collection.
If you want to take part in the Moray Walking Festival then why not take part in the The Three Rivers Walk which leaves Logie Steading at 10am on Sunday.
Alternatively, Altyre House will be throwing open its gates for a special Open Gardens Event which is being held in aid of St Johns Church, between 2pm and 5pm, with garden and cake stalls and teas available.
The highlight of the event will be the Sunday's ‘Rydeing of the Marches’ a traditional event once carried out by the worthies of the town, which will be recreated for 2012 with cyclists and horse-riders marking out the boundaries of the Royal Burgh of Forres, starting at 2pm.
Forres will also be able to witness the ‘Beating of the Retreat’ which is a mainly military tradition which signifies the drawing of the end to the day.
In this case, both Forres and Kinloss Pipe Bands will give a recital on Forres High Street starting at 6.30pm, to celebrate the last day of the Benromach Forres Scottish Week. A salute will be taken and a bugler will play from the Tolbooth ramparts.
"This is surely a fitting way to conclude a joyous and successful week of community events," said organisers.