With Stranraer Show just around the corner, The Galloway Gazette caught up with Secretary Kathryn Jamieson to find out how plans were coming together and what we could expect to see at this year’s Show which will take place at London Road Playingfields, Stranraer on Wednesday 29th July.
How are plans coming together for this year’s Show Kathryn?
Things are falling into place now. The year has just flown by and I can’t quite believe that the 2015 Show is almost here. We are busy sorting out all the livestock entries at the moment and bringing the catalogue together. Once again our livestock exhibitors are pulling out all the stops to support the Show with entries really good in all sections. Many of our exhibitors have been extremely successful this show season at the likes of the Royal Highland Show and the Livestock Event in Birmingham so we really will be seeing some of the very best livestock in the UK. There should be a real buzz around the livestock rings and the Grand Parade promises to be a really great spectacle.
What entertainment have you got planned?
Our main ring act this year is Broke FMX who are one of the UK’s top ranked freestyle motocross teams. They promise the latest heart stopping tricks as usually only seen on TV. The team have set the standard for 10 years and continue to push the boundaries of FMX and lead the way for all motorcycle display teams. If you can’t bear to watch it’s ok, you can just listen, as the riders provide an on board commentary even talking to the crowd while performing a trick flying 35ft in the air!
Do you have any locals involved?
Yes! Lots! There really is a wealth of talent in our local area and where better to show it off than at the local Agricultural Show;
We have local Dog Agility Group – Wigtownshire Agility Group performing in the main ring just before noon.
The younger kids are sure to be kept entertained as Road Runner Children’s Entertainer will out and about in the show field all day and will perform two shows in the main ring.
We’ve not forgotten the music lovers either with Stranraer Brass performing early afternoon and then popular band The Hoolies will be on stage later in the day.
The sheep shearers will be back again this year which is always a real crowd pleaser, there will be show jumping, the Blue Bombshells will be performing, Glenluce Vintage Tractors will have a static display and will also parade in the main ring and in the main marquee we have cookery demonstrations. Hopefully there will be something for everyone!
What else will there be to see and do?
On the field we will have over 100 trade stands to browse. Outside there will be everything on show – tractors, cars, hot tubs, clothing, fun fair rides and even some live Owls and inside promises to be a real treat for the foodies – we’re talking cupcakes, breads, pies, sweeties, cheeses, jams and even nutty butter! For those who enjoy a bit of retail therapy we’ve got soft furnishings, greetings cards, handbags, scarves, jewellery, candles, garden ornaments, plants and cookery equipment to name but a few.
The homecraft marquee will also be worth a look to check out who is winning what in the baking and craft competitions. The children’s section is always brilliant with some amazing entries, especially in the fruit or vegetable animal class!
What’s new this year?
We are very excited to be welcoming along Grassmen to the Show this year. The Northern Ireland based company who have made themselves famous with their DVD’s about tractors and silage making are sure to be a big hit with all their fans this side of the water.
O2 Stranraer have very generously agreed to sponsor our dog show this year as they are keen to be involved in the local community and the dog show fits perfectly with their motto “be more dog”! There are some great prizes up for grabs so why not treat your pooch to a day out (well behaved dogs only please!).
We’d just like to say that we hope everyone comes along on Wednesday 29th July to London Road Playing Fields and enjoys a great day out. Gates open and the judging of livestock begins at 9.00 a.m. with the main ring entertainment commencing at 11.00a.m. For more information look out for our posters which were designed by Kirsty McColm who is a P6 pupil at Kirkcolm Primary School or check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Stranraer-Show/114107478630087 or visit: