Buyukkonuk Eco Tourism Association  will  celebrate its seventh anniversary next Sunday, April 1, by combining its traditional activities twist.

The pioneering eco-village destination plans an Outdoor Fest 2012, sponsored by  Turkish  Bank,  which  offers hiking and photography, cycling, climbing  and camping activities using their network of nature trails.

This year will see  the first Buyuk konuk Community Biathlon race and outdoor associations have pledged their support.

Serdar Turganer, head of the North Cyprus Air Sport Federation, said:” We will have a stand there and weather permitting, will bring our hot  air balloon”.

Lois Cemal helped found the Eco-tourism Association with husband İsmail  and saw the area declared a pilot project by a North Cyprus Council of Ministers decision in 2005.

She said “The Festivals have enabled local women to earn a weekly wage in their home village. More and more people are stopping by and we now have  three bed and breakfast  hotels run by local women plus 13 chalets at the municipality Pine View picnic area.”

Donkey rides for youngsters will be on offer and a mid-morning village walk start at 11am. Traditional hands-on bread, cheese and mud brick building demonstrations begin after stalls open at 10am.

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