It's up for young and old at bunfight

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 May, 2008, 12:00am

It was a chance for regular thrill seekers and youngsters to show off their prowess on Cheung Chau's 14-metre bun towers yesterday.

Outside the island's Pak Tai Temple, eight teams of university students and civil servants also leapt into action for a tower-climbing relay competition at a carnival ahead of next Monday's Cheung Chau Bun Festival.

Twelve finalists for the main event were chosen from among 82 entrants on Saturday. They will climb the towers again at midnight next Monday to snatch as many buns as they can in a bid to be crowned festival king or queen.

Firefighter Jason Kwok Ka-ming, who has won all three bun scrambles since the contest resumed in 2005, is a finalist again this year.

The race, which was banned after 1978 when a bamboo tower collapsed, resumed with steel A-frames replacing the bamboo cones. The buns have been replaced by plastic buns since last year.

The bun-scrambling competition is one of the highlights of the festival, along with the grand parade, which features floats carrying small children done up to the nines in fancy costumes and elaborate makeup.

One of the floats this year will have an equestrian theme to celebrate the Olympic event to be held in the city in August.