Today was a busy day for Kilmarnock town centre and for The Burns Mall, as they were host to a gaming event that took over several vacant spaces in the shopping centre from 11am until 3pm. There were plenty of things to do, and there was music, games and activities aplenty.
Right in the middle of Kilmarnock Cross, a public square in the middle of the town centre, they had set up a stage for various local music acts who were set to play throughout the day, and when there wasn’t an act on stage they had a DJ to play tunes and chat to the public as they milled out. I do have to say, that the speakers were perhaps a little too loud, and a bit tinny, but he was playing some good music so I’ll give him a pass.
One of the vacant lots inside the shopping centre was converted into a gaming space for the day, with various flat screen televisions set up, with consoles plugged in so that members of the public could play games, options ranging from Tekken to Crash Bandicoot, right through to Rock Band. In that same space they also had some retro arcade machines where you could play old classics like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. They also clearly knew their market, because tucked away in the corner was a man selling comic books, as well as posters and other geeky trinkets as well. Oh and while we were checking out the gaming space, someone in a dinosaur costume popped in for a visit, and no many events can claim to have a big dinosaur wandering about.
As well as the live music, they also had a local dance troupe called ‘Jam Street‘ who performed a very impressive dance routine up and down the street. They actually did a few performances throughout the day and each time we caught it, we agreed it was quite a sight to behold. Another local group performing were ‘Take a Bow‘, they were kids, all dressed up as animals and singing their hearts out, it was very sweet. Take a Bow, sung a variety of song including some from Disney’s Aladdin, Avenue Q, Moana and The Proclaimers.
It wasn’t all live entertainment though, they also had stalls set up, some advertising local organisations such as The Samaritans, East Ayrshire Food Bank, Kilmarnock Football Club and the Basement Youth Cafe. They even had fun little games set up just for kids, little areas dotted about with things like hopscotch, bouncy balls and basketball hoops. As well as that there was a raffle organised with lots of prizes to be won.
I think my only real complaint about the entire day was that there were too many people handing out leaflets, it just felt invasive, especially since they could have or did have a table set up. But I suppose that’s the price you pay for having a fun event like this, and overall it was an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon out in Kilmarnock.
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