THIS year's Benarty Pipe Band and Highland Dancing competitions were hailed as a "phenomenal success".

Saturday's event attracted around 6,000 people with a record 22 bands entering with nearly 35 performances.

The sun brought out a massive crowd for both competitions at Lochore Meadows with an eclectic mix of food vendors, a tea room, various stalls, bouncy castles, ice cream vans, and a very busy beer tent all on offer.

The competition started at 10am with Master of Ceremonies Michael O’Hare welcoming this year’s Chieftain, Eddie Easson, chairman Benarty Events Group (BEG).

"This was an incredible honour and privilege to be invited to join a host of former chieftains including Willie Clarke, Bob Shepherd, Alex Brown, Michael O’Hare, Craig Monroe, Stephen Nardone and Michael Payne," Eddie said.

"It was an honour to join such a prestigious company.”

BEG spent a very hot Friday setting up the arena for the events with the help of a few volunteers and everything was completed the next morning for the event commencing.

All car parks were full with cars parking wherever they could after that such was the success of the event.

BEG thanked the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) for organising the competition and Sarah Hendry for organising the Highland Dancing competition.

The Benarty competition is now well known on the RSPBA calendar with entries getting bigger every year.

All grades were covered in the event and there was a fantastic array of talent participating.

The Grade One competition was won by Fife Police with City of Discovery joining them amongst others on the winners podium at the presentations.

The full list of the Highland Dancing competition and Pipe Band competition results will appear on the BEG Facebook page.

“Saturday was a fantastic day for the group and it made their efforts all the more worthwhile when we saw the fantastic entry and crowd," Eddie said.

"There were a lot of tired bodies come 9pm when the takedown of the arena was complete.

"It would not have been possible without our tremendous band of volunteers,” said Eddie.

Benarty Gala is next on the calendar with Sunday's fun day fast approaching.

The parade leaves Benarty Centre at 11am.