All set for showtime!

IT’S all systems go with Wigtown Agricultural Society for this year’s Wigtown Show, which will take place at Bladnoch Park on Wednesday, August 7.

The previous two shows have been polar opposites as far as the weather was concerned, or in agricultural terms as different as a Steinbacher goose from a Clydesdale mare.

In 2011, the sun blazed down from blue skies as the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Wigtown Agricultural Society was celebrated in style with the visit to the showfield of HRH The Princess Royal.

Twelve months later, the Society endured the day from hell when the same skies dumped a month’s worth of rain on the showground, turning the area into something resembling the Somme battlefield from the First World War. As a result of the unprecedented conditions, the Society had to undertake major repairs to Bladnoch Park’s drainage and road systems.

Show secretary Helen McColm said: “A great deal of improvement work has been done and, thanks to generous contributions from show supporters, this work will be continued during the year.

“Hopefully, we’ll be blessed with better weather this year and we’ll have a memorable show for all the right reasons this time!

“Once again, we will aim to attract as many trade and livestock exhibitors as possible and offer a great day out for the whole family, be they from town or country.

“The popular poultry show will feature again and we will have a variety of main ring entertainment to keep showgoers entertained all day.

“Local food products and suppliers will feature in the Catering Food Court and it is hoped that the marquees will again be full to the brim with craft and food exhibitors.

“Please check out our website and Facebook pages for updates as the year progresses.”