This year’s Wigtown Show promises to be bigger and better than ever with the guest of honour being Olympic medallist Vicki Adams.
The ‘cattle show’ held annually in Bladnoch Park on the first Wednesday of August has become known as the friendly show and a traditional meeting place for ex-pats as well as a showcase for some of the finest livestock you will find in the entire country.
A new and exciting feature this year will be The Sheep Show, making its first visit to Dumfries and Galloway with a humorous and educational live stage show about sheep and wool. This is edu-tainment at its best with various sheep breeds being introduced onto the stage, a shearing demonstration and the grand finale - the dancing sheep! It’s fun and educational for all ages and can be found in the sheep area of the showfield.
There will be all the usual trade stands along with a good number of new ones for 2014. The Fleece tent will be popular again with Wigtownshire’s Spinners, Weavers and Dyers with demonstrations, fleece and crook competitions, wood wizard Ben Glanville’s green woodworking demonstration and the Royal Highland Education Trust stand will also draw the crowds. Both food and craft marquees are fully booked with lots of exhibitors coming to Wigtown Show for the very first time – so there will be lots of new things to see.
The popular poultry show will be of the usual high standard and will also have a timely WWI display. The scarecrow competition displayed along the outside of the marquee, will show the locals’ creative side and the theme this year is ‘Homecoming Scotland’.
The main business of Wigtown Show is the livestock and with the number of livestock entries looking good – many sections are up from last year - it looks like being a show to remember. The champions of each section will be presented with their trophies by Vicki Adams before the Champion of Champions is chosen. There will be a special RHASS long service award presentation to John McClurg for 40 years at Meikle Killantrae before the Grand Parade.
Wigtown Show always puts on a great programme of events to entertain the family and this year it’s the Cumberland Giants who will provide family fun in the main ring – two shows – so big you really can’t miss them! There is a new Heavy Horse Stud cart competition and Machars YFC (celebrating its 70th anniversary this year) have brought back the Tug O’War competition, both these take place in the afternoon. The Dog Show is now located in the corner of main ring to give them more space for both dogs and spectators and ‘Have a Go Dog Agility’ is taking place in the car park – so there’s even something to occupy your dog!
In the Marquee you can see Murray Irving’s corn dolly workshop, Douglas the Clown’s magic and balloon shows, Highland Dancing display and music from young Caitlin McCornick who celebrates her 12th birthday on show day! Add in a chainsaw carving demonstration and Owl Magic (display of wide variety of owls), the bouncy slide, fairground rides, bar, food, show jumping etc and you can see there’s certainly a lot going on this year, many with the ‘Homecoming’ theme – something for everyone, wherever you’re from, at this year’s Wigtown Show!
Visit www.wigtownshow.org.uk for more details.