Aspiring Cheung Chau bun tower climbers can apply from today. Those selected to climb have to attend a Hong Kong Mountaineering Union training session. If the number of applicants exceeds the training quota of 48, places will be allocated by ballot. 'Applicants who live, work or study in Cheung Chau will be given priority in the ballot,' a spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said. The bun climb had been the highlight of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival until the bamboo tower collapsed in a 1978 accident, injuring more than 100 people. The government has revived the event this year with a $570,000 steel tower, to the opposition of some residents. Activities for the Bun Festival begin on April 30, and 12 finalists for the 'bun-scrambling competition' will be selected on May 1. The final competition will take place at the Pak Tai Temple Playground at midnight on May 16. Whoever grabs the most buns wins. A fun session is also planned for May 7 and 8, when people will be able to try climbing the bun tower with professional coaching from the mountaineering union. Applications for the scramble are available on the LCSD website and from its 18 district offices.