The 'Anster Fair'
Nor sigh the young alone for Anster Fair;
Old men and wives, erewhile content to die,
Who hardly can forsake their easy-chair,
To take, abroad, farewell of sun and sky,
Withnew desire of life now glowing, pray
That they may justo'erlive our famous market-day.
'Anster Fair', Anstruther's historic market day, was immortalised by local man William Tennant in his burlesque, epic poem set in the Scotland of King James V. The poem regales how local lass Maggie Lauder, unimpressed with the local talent, sets a competition for potential suitors involving sack and donkey races, storytelling, and bagpipe playing.
The 2020 festival will again revive the burgh's historic 'Anster Fair', with 15 food and 15 craft stalls in the folly marquee from local businesses. There are a limited number of external pitches for traders' stalls and all interested vendors are invited to submit an application here.
Stalls will be open from 10am - 4pm.
Traders and Businesses this year include: