Young people invited to collaborate in Muckin’ good summer festivals

In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, Muckmedden Events, the fun-loving mountain bike event organisers from Perth & Kinross, have scheduled a number of exciting opportunities to get local young people between eight and 26 involved at Cream o' the Croft Mountain Bike Festival (Crieff, Perthshire - 15 - 17 June) and The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival (Newburgh, Fife - 31 August- 02 September).

The organising teams at both events are looking to recruit budding designers, engineers, musicians, singers, DJ’s and entrepreneurs to showcase their talents at both family-friendly festivals that include live music, gourmet food and drink and loads of activities and entertainment for all ages on and off the bike.

With the inaugural Monster Balance Bike Challenge teams from local community groups are being invited to design, build and race crazy balance bikes made from recycled materials at both festivals.  To boost the appeal of their event villages Muckmedden are also looking for young entrepreneurs who have made, designed or invented a new and exciting product or service (not food or drink) and who are eager to test the market with a free retail pitch, selling alongside more established independent professional traders. Young singers, musicians, bands, DJ's and other performers are also being invited to fill various slots on the live stage at The Eliminator at the end of August, showcasing their talents to more than 1500 people over the event weekend.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Cream o’ the Croft and The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival through our National Events Programme. It is fantastic to see both events fully embracing the Year of Young People 2018 by offering young people such a broad range of activities and opportunities to get involved in. Their creative talents and ideas will no doubt make a valuable contribution to both festivals’ programmes and help showcase Scotland as the perfect stage for events.”

Roger and Rachel Howison from Parkhill Farm, the venue for The Eliminator, said: “This summer, in celebration of the Year of Young People, we’re giving our fields at Parkhill Farm over to the kids, passing them the mics, the wrenches and the trade stalls and we can’t wait to see what hard work, talent and a little youthful energy can create!”

Andrew Donaldson of Comrie Croft, the award winning venue for Cream 0' the Croft, said: “We’re totally chuffed that as part of the Year of Young People 2018 we are able to offer young people the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the festival, showcasing their skills and talents to all of our visitors. At Cream o’ the Croft they are involved in everything from organising and promoting new additions to the festival to live performance, sales and marketing of their own new products and designing, building and racing crazy balance bikes."

The Monster Balance Bike Challenge competition that will be staged at both summer festivals; a collaboration between Muckmedden Events, Bike Station (Perth), Angus Cycle Hub, Recyke-A-Bike and Coupar Angus Cycling Hub, gives young members of local community groups the chance to design and build a Monster Balance Bike under the expert guidance of their local bike recycling centres. They will then compete against other teams of all ages at Cream o’ the Croft Mountain Bike Festival in Perthshire in June and The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival, being staged in Fife later in the year.  To level the playing field, the challenge is not just about getting a fast race time.  Teams will also be scored on their ingenuity and imagination before they’ve even turned a wheel.  The crazier the design, the better!

Both the Cream o' the Croft Mountain Bike Festival and The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival are looking for talented young entrepreneurs to apply for limited free retail pitches, alongside professional traders, in the event villages in which to sell a new product or service that they have invented, designed and made themselves. 

Muckmedden Events are also inviting young performers (8 - 26) from Fife and Kinross to showcase their talents in front of a 1500 strong crowd of all ages with special slots on the live performance stage across the weekend of The Eliminator festival at the end of August.  Auditions are invited from performers of any genre and material that will fit in well at a family friendly festival - from spoken word, poetry, comedy and beatbox to opera, classical, west end musical, Celtic, folk, jazz, indie and everything in between.

Both festivals, supported this year through EventScotland’s National Events Programme, share key traits that include family-friendly camping and glamping, delicious locally sourced food and drink, mountain bike racing for all ages and abilities, live music and super-fun festival activities and entertainment on and off the bike.

See notes to editors for more information on the opportunities open to local young people between eight and 26 at both the Cream o’ the Croft The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festivals; and for application details.

For more information about Mountain Bike Festival and to purchase festival passes and race entries go to https://www.muckmedden.co.uk/our-events/cream-o-the-croft/

For more information about The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival and to purchase festival passes and race entries go to https://www.muckmedden.co.uk/our-events/the-eliminator/

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