A taste of the countryside at Ayr Show

Seven year old Callum Smith at the wheel of a new tractor at last year's show.
Seven year old Callum Smith at the wheel of a new tractor at last year's show.

The Ayr County Show will be held this year on Saturday 9th May 2015 at Ayr Racecourse.

The Show, which is unique and one of the largest of its kind in the west of Scotland, is a celebration of the countryside with livestock judging, trade stands, crafts displays and family entertainment.

2014 Rotherwood Furniture Supreme Champion at Ayr Show, Betty Boop, a 17 month old British Blue  Cross, owned by A & E Vance at Bridgehouse Farm, Whithorn.The trophy was presented by Claire Bell.

2014 Rotherwood Furniture Supreme Champion at Ayr Show, Betty Boop, a 17 month old British Blue Cross, owned by A & E Vance at Bridgehouse Farm, Whithorn.The trophy was presented by Claire Bell.

This year the show will highlight the important link between ‘field and fork’ in celebration of the Year of Food and Drink.

Ayr County Show has been awarded £6000 from VisitScotland and the Community Food Fund and is just one of the mouthwatering special events to be held as part of the Year of Food and Drink.

They have also been successful in receiving funding in 2015 for a South Ayrshire Events Developments Grant which will help greatly to develop and deliver the event into the future.

There will be lots to see and do at Ayr County Show 2015. Here’s a glimpse of some of the attractions:

JUDGING

Hundreds of animals of a wide variety of breeds will be judged throughout the morning. The Light Horse & Pony classes will start at 8.30am, BSJA classes at 8.45am & Clydesdale Horse classes at 10.00am. While the Cattle & Sheep classes start at 9.30am, Poultry at 10.00am and Sticks & Crooks at 10.00am.

The individual Champion animals from each section meet in the main ring around mid-afternoon for the Pinnacle Champion of Champions to be judged and the winner be presented with the £1000 Prize sponsored by Rotherwood Furniture.

This, along with the Grand Parade of Livestock, are sights to behold.

RIDERS OF THE STORM TRICK RIDING & EQUESTRIAN STUNT TEAM

Riders of the Storm are a unique and exciting equestrian stunt team. They offer a vast array of tricks, flips and stunts choreographed together to make a spectacular performance. Always pushing the boundaries, creating new and exciting stunts. Once the show is over, a chance to meet the team. Shows will take place in The Main Ring at approx. 11.30am and 1.30pm.

TUG O’WAR

We are delighted that our local Young Farmers District have organised this competition once again for 2015. This will take place in The Main Ring at 10.00am.

CRAFT/RETAIL MARQUEE

A marquee full of great gifts ideas and many bespoke items, this Marquee is always a very popular place where exhibits from the WRI are staged and Sticks & Crooks Competition takes place. For the kids we have Kids Bee Happy Sand Art & FREE Face Painting by Face Paint Fairies.

TASTE AYRSHIRE MARQUEE

This year the Show will highlight the important link between ‘field and fork’ in celebration of the Year of Food and Drink. Ayr County Show has been awarded funding from VisitScotland and the Community Food Fund. The support will be used to allow the infrastructure of ‘The Taste Ayrshire Marquee’ which will house a variety of food manufacturers & retailers, all of them local and members of ‘Taste Ayrshire’ where they will have a chance to market & sell local produce and promote its importance to buy local.

Cook School Scotland will be part of the support supplying a pop up kitchen where demo’s will take place throughout the day with local chefs demonstrating with local produce. We will have Ayr & District Bee keepers Association and for the kids The Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) children’s corner where they will be promoting their ‘Get Ayrshire Growing’ project, which provides free vegetable growing kits to schools across the whole of Ayrshire & Arran.

RHET plan to take the farm into the classroom through ‘Get Ayrshire Growing’, by giving pupils first-hand experience of growing crops in their own school grounds.

It is hoped that the project will promote awareness of where food comes from amongst the children and young people of Ayrshire & Arran.

The competition to all Ayrshire Schools for Ayr County Show will be Grow, Cook & Eat and exhibits will be displayed at the show for everyone to come and see. We can’t forget RHEETA their fibre glass milking cow will be making an appearance to say a big happy ‘MOO’ to everyone.

YOUNG FARMERS ACTIVITIES

YF Handicrafts are set up in SAYFC marquee with the Senior theme being “YOUNG FARMERS OF TODAY” and the Junior theme being “AT THE RACES”. Also in the marquee exhibits for the Craftsmanship Competition theme being “FREE STANDING BIRD TABLE” will be on display along with West Area County Cook Competition and Bake Off Competition. Young Farmers Stock judging competition will take place at 1.30pm in judging rings.

POULTRY MARQUEE

Another very popular marquee with lots to see in it. Admire all the many and varied exhibits.

All of the above plus Owl Magic, Daffy Dill Entertainment, Heavy Horse turnouts, Trade Stands, Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club, Chainsaw Carving displays & demonstrations, Pipers, ‘TRUCK AYR’, Catering Facilities, Bar, Children’s Bouncy Slide and Funfair rides makes Ayr County Show a great day out for the whole family.

Come and join us on Saturday 9th May 2015, regardless of the weather, there’s plenty to see and do.

Admission Charges: Adults - £12; Children (aged 14 & under accompanied by an adult) – FREE

Car Park - £3 per car

Dogs: Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome at Ayr County Show (except in the Poultry Marquee)The Show opens at 9.00am