Bun Scrambling Competition comes to fruitful end
The Bun Scrambling Competition, revived this year after a 26-year hiatus, came to a fruitful end early this (May 16) morning at Pak Tai Temple Playground soccer pitch.
On the start of a signal by the referee, 12 shortlisted contestants, comprising ten men and two women, climbed all out up a 14-metre-tall bun tower to snatch as many buns for the highest scores within the three-minute limit.
Divided from the bottom to the top into three zones, the tower was studded with buns representing one, three and nine marks respectively. For easy identification, the buns carried with them special stamps on the bottoms. The contestant who scored the highest marks from all the buns he scrambled would be the champion.
After an exciting round of the competition, the trophy eventually went to Mr Kwok Ka-ming, who led a narrow edge of 30 marks over the first runner-up, Mr Yau Hung-ming, who scored 423 marks. Following them closely was Mr Lam Ka-chun, who scored 398 marks.
Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee, the Bun Scrambling Competition received concerted support from the Islands District of the Home Affairs Department, Buildings Department, Cheung Chau Wai Chiu County Association Limited, Cheung Chau Rural Committee and Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, as well as the technical support from the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union.
To ensure that the competition would proceed in a safe manner while retaining the traditional atmosphere, a steel frame certified safe by a licensed structural engineer was constructed. Bamboo poles were used to enclose the steel framework to build the bun tower.
Besides, all contestants were obliged to wear safety harnesses and safety ropes.
The activity was well-received, attracting over 1000 spectators at the soccer pitch.
Ends/Monday, May 16, 2005