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Rosemarkie pumpkin competition teed up for Halloween – but will Donald Trump make an appearance?


By Hector MacKenzie

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A Black Isle village is preparing to Halloween a bit differently this year.
A Black Isle village is preparing to Halloween a bit differently this year.

A BLACK Isle village is inviting householders to get involved with a Halloween pumpkin competition.

A number of communities across Ross-shire are adapting to coronavirus restrictions which discourage door-to-door guising as would normally be traditional at that time of the year.

Rosemarkie had for a number of years organised a pumpkin parade centred on its beach cafe.

This year, villagers are invited to display decorated pumpkins in their gardens or windows to abide by social distancing guidelines.

All pumpkins must be on display before 4.30pm on Halloween (October 31).

Rosemarkie Beach Cafe explained: "Then, a ghastly gaggle of judges will creep round the village selecting their favourite creations and characters."

The 2020 categories are – 1 Famous person or character; 2 Scariest Pumpkin; 3 The Year 2020.

Prizes are being put up for first, second and third in each category.

1st prize - £10 box of Maureen's best ice cream

2nd prize - tea and cake for two at Rosemarkie Beach Cafe

3rd prize - 2 x hot chocolates with all the trimmings at the Rosemarkie Beach Cafe

Entry is free. Entrants are asked to hand a slip in with their name, address and category at the Beach Cafe or to a member of Rosemarkie Amenities by Friday, October 30.

People are also asked to help ensure anyone viewing or displaying pumpkins sticks to social distancing guidelines.

Verity Walker Eley, who helped organise several of the previous beach cafe events in years gone by, said: "Stand by for the invasion of the Donald Trumps! What a great idea. Hope there will be a few traditional neeps lurking among the pumpkins!"

Related: PICTURES from last year: Black Isle pumpkins on parade

Tain shines a light on a new Covid-friendly way to celebrate Halloween



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