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Businesses invited to profit from sponsorship package at Grant Park 100

By Garry McCartney

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Then Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald opening Grant Park to the public in 1924.
Then Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald opening Grant Park to the public in 1924.

LOCAL businesses are being encouraged to get involved in an event to celebrate Grant Park being gifted to the town 100 years ago.

Forres Events Limited (FEL) - currently planning ‘Grant Park 100’ on Saturday, August 24 - is looking for stallholders and offering sponsorship opportunities.

The event will feature have-a-go activities, games, music, crafts, demonstrations, talks, performances, food and drink, funfair rides, a beer tent and competitions including one featuring the beloved digestive biscuit which Forres’ own Sir Alexander Grant invented.

FEL successfully staged the European Pipe Band Championships in Forres for six years from 2013.

Joanna Taylor, a FEL director, said: “We’ve already had people asking to take a stall and there have been positive sponsorship enquiries too. This is a one day, one-off event so we’re expecting it to be be popular. It offers a great opportunity for businesses.”

Grant Park 100 will boast two marquees and a display arena featuring activities including a gun-dog display, vehicle parade, fancy dress gathering, live music, talks, demos, and a mini Highland games with a twist.

It will also include a science tent - previously popular at the Piping At Forres championships.

There will be places for indoor and outside stalls.

Joanna said: “We’re looking to attract stallholders who fit with the fun and entertaining ethos of the event. When organising Piping At Forres, FEL built up a reputation amongst the traders for its organisation as well as providing a great venue. Grant Park 100 is no different.”

Four different sponsorship packages start from £250.

“Sponsorship is a great way to promote businesses,” said Joanna, “and show support for the community. Grant Park 100 is a celebration of our community and heritage. The community-led event will attract residents and visitors. Different grades of sponsorship have been made available to suit different budgets, business interests and promotional ambitions.”

To find out more about getting involved visit www.grantpark100.com

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