ABERDEEN, Scotland, June 13 (UPI) -- The Aberdeen Granite Festival in Scotland kicked off Thursday with the detonation of more than 44,000 tons of solid rock at a quarry.
The third annual event, which was founded to honor granite for its contributions to Aberdeen's architecture, began Thursday with the explosion at the Craigenlow Quarry, the largest operational quarry in the region, The Scotsman reported Thursday.
"This is the third Granite Festival and it is really going from strength to strength. I am delighted to be working with our industry partners again, and we have some exciting new offers this year," said Jenny Brown, Granite Festival organizer and the Aberdeen City Council's curator of industrial history.
A city council spokeswoman said other festival events will get under way July 20.
Festival highlights include the chance to take a free bus tour around Craigenlow quarry and hear firsthand how a modern quarry operates, an opportunity to meet the new owners of Rubislaw Quarry, and a talk on the motivations and experiences of the granite workers who crossed the Atlantic in search of their fortunes," the spokeswoman said.