Sun shines on the Stewartry

AFTER the Wigtown Show wash-out last week, the sun shone for the Stewartry Agricultural Show at Greenlaw, Castle Douglas.

There had been concerns the show would be cancelled if any significant rain fell beforehand as the showfield is primarily Stewartry Rugby Club’s pitch. Both organisations wanted to avoid damage to the ground just before the start of the new season and held a crisis meeting the weekend before. Thankfully, with a mainly dry week forecast, the show got the thumbs up.

Show secretary Caroline Robertson said: “We were delighted with the day all round, with gate numbers up on the previous year mainly thanks to the sunshine we seemed to organise for the day. So many challenges presented themselves over the week, but both the committee and office-bearers pulled together to make it the success it was.

“The office-bearers from both the society and rugby club kept in contact throughout the days leading up to the show and it is due to the support from the rugby club that we were able to go ahead, albeit with some layout changes. We have received positive feedback from some of our main agricultural trade stands and Lt Col Sir Malcolm Ross has written the society a thank-you letter in which he said: ‘I thought the repositioning of the stands made it more fun for all’.”

The Champion of Champions was a Galloway cow called Finmac Libby, shown by John Finlay of Blackcraig, Corsock. The reserve to the champion was the interbreed sheep champion, a Blackface ewe shown by W Ramsay and Sons of Milnmark, Dalry.