Does your mascot have what it takes to become Aberdeen’s first Highland Games champion?

Entries are being encouraged from charity and not for profit organisations for the chance to take part in the first ever Aberdeen Highland Games mascot competition.

The Aberdeen Highland Games will take place on Sunday 16 June at Hazlehead Park and mascots will compete in six fun events for the chance to win £250 for their nominated charity.

With spaces limited to only 10 mascots, the stakes will be high in the bid to be crowned the mascot champion when they compete in the following events: caber toss, highland fling, tug o’ war, high jump, 60m sprint and a stage performance.

The city's annual Highland Games is always popular with local residents and visitors alike, with a mix of traditional events, entertainment and activities for all the family to enjoy.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokesperson, said: “The Highland Games is always a highlight on our summer events programme and we’re looking forward to another brilliant day. The addition of the first ever Mascot Games will be popular with the crowds at what is always a fantastic family occasion.”

Now in its 59th year, spectators will also see all the traditional events including heavy events, solo piping and pipe band competitions, drum major competitions, track and field events, highland dancing and Scottish tug o’ war championship.

To enter your mascot or for further information please contact cityevents@aberdeencity.gov.uk . The closing date for entries is Friday 3 May and selection of the 10 successful mascots will be made by a ballot.

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Highland Games at discounted rates. Visit www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/highlandgames to purchase tickets and to find out more information.