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2019 | Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation under Scottish Charity Number SC046562

The 'Anster Fair'

The 2019 Festival will again revive the burgh's historic market 'Anster Fair', with 15 food and 15 craft stalls in the folly marquee from local businesses, with a limited number of external pitches for traders' own stalls. Stalls will be open from 10am - 4pm.


Traders and Businesses this year include:

'Anster Fair'  Anstruther's historic market day was immortalised in local man William Tennant's burlesque epic poem set in the Scotland of King James V.  The poem relates to 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 poem's last verse records the popularity of the fair in those times :


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,
new desire of life now glowing, pray
That they may just
o'erlive our famous market-day.