Fun for all the family as farmers’ show returns

Erica McHale, aged 4, won the pet lamb contest with a Valais blacknose lamb belonging to Kenneth Bone of Glenkiln. 01_B31show19

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Words and pictures by Hugh Boag

There was a welcome return for the Arran Farmers’ Show to Lamlash this week.

Visitors voted with their feet and healthy crowds thronged the Glenkiln showfield again, with attendance expected to be up on the last show in 2019.

The weather could have been kinder on the day for the 184th outing of the show with intermittent rain throughout the morning. But it dried up for the judging of the overhead champion and prize-giving with the sun even coming out.

In the judging it was Stuart and Niall McMaster who took the overhead champion and reserve overhead champion prizes with their texel tup and blueface Leicester ram lamb respectively.

Entries for the events held up well, despite the three-year gap since the last show, with the number of sheep and cattle nearly the same and horse entries up.

There were also dairy cattle at the show for the first time in several years from Arran’s only remaining dairy herd at Tigheanfraoch, Blackwaterfoot.

There were two displays during the show by the modern and vintage tractors which proved popular in the main rink; as did Murray’s Dog Scurry. The dog show also attracted a lot of entries.

Music on the day was provided by the Isle of Arran Music Schools’ Pipe Band and the Isle of Arran Pipe Band, but their enjoyable sets were spoiled by the weather.

There certainly appeared to be an increase in the number of trade stalls which did a bustling trade as did the arts and crafts and artisan food and drink outlets.

There were also a number of community group stalls and lots of activities for children to enjoy.

Current chairman of the Arran Farmers’ Society David Henderson said he was delighted with the way the show had gone.

He said: ‘It was great to see everyone back and the farming community reunited again. The weather could have been kinder to us but I have seen it worse. I was pleased to see the entry numbers maintained and I thought the quality of the animals was good.’

See next week’s Banner for the full show results.