Stranraer Show Preview

It’s Stranraer Show time! The final preparations are well underway at London Road Playing Fields for the 170th Stranraer Show which will take place on Wednesday 30th July.

Taking centre stage on the day will be the animals with exhibitors coming from near and far with their top quality stock. Visitors will be able to view up close, some of the very best livestock in Scotland, with all sections attracting great entries. The showing commences at 9a.m. on show day, with the prize winners taking to the main ring just after 2p.m. for the grand parade. Amongst the most hotly contested prizes on the day will be in our young handler’s classes. Over the last few weeks local youngsters will have put in many hours of practice to ensure that their chosen animal, be it a sheep, a calf or a goat, performs at its best in front of the judge. As it’s the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 and because Stranraer Show will take place during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games we’ve decided to mark this special year by awarding each young handler in our livestock sections with a commemorative medal.

The homecraft section is becoming more and more popular each year and has attracted a huge entry this year with the childrens’ section being particularly well supported. The local Rural’s will be competing against each in their annual housewives and handcraft competitions, with this year’s theme being “Christmas is Coming.” Make sure you pay a visit to the homecrafts marquee to view all the wonderful baking and crafts.

Trade stand space has been sold out for several weeks with a huge variety of businesses attending the show with local, regional and national companies all represented. There will be plenty opportunity to do business or if you prefer you can just enjoy the chat and the hospitality!

The main marquee will be bursting at the seams with stalls, so whether you are looking for a clever craft, a pretty plant, or a tasty treat you won’t be disappointed.

There will be no shortage of entertainment in the main marquee either with singing duo Robyn and Claire performing late morning. Robyn, who grew up in Stranraer is this year’s winner of the BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award and Claire who hails from Dumfries lists amongst her performance highlights; singing for Glasgow’s Lord Provost, members of the Scottish Parliament in Brussels and at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starring in five star-reviewed show ‘The Kist’. The duo met whilst studying at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where they both specialised in Scots song and received first class honours degrees in Scottish Music. Their performance will be a very special treat and a show day event not to be missed.

Local chef Douglas Lisi will be cooking up a storm in the early afternoon and he will also act as head chef and perhaps referee as two of our local vets will battle it out in our Cook Off Challenge!

Rising star in the local music scene Lucy Miller will perform in the afternoon. Lucy, along with fellow students from Stranraer Academy will also be manning a stall in the marquee where they hope to raise some funds for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition to Morocco in 2015. Please look out for them in the main marquee.

The main ring entertainment this year will be provided by Jousting Scotland who are part of the equestrian display troupe Les Amis d’Onno. The troupe began performing in France, where they successfully toured and entertained for more than nine years before returning home and settling in the Scottish Borders in 2008. Their magnificent Friesian and Andalucian horses are the stars of the family troupe and they promise a unique and exciting show.

Glenluce Vintage Tractors will take us back to yesteryear by providing a static display throughout the day and they will also take to the main ring for a parade. Show favourites the Blue Bombshells will be performing their energetic routines and at 12 noon the ever popular pets parade will take place in the main ring and everyone is welcome to bring their pet along to take part in this fun part of show day. Just after 2.00 p.m. the main ring will be taken over by the prize winning livestock when the grand parade and presentation of prizes will take place. At 3.30p.m. local dog agility group – Wigtownshire Agility Group or WAG for short, will put on a display in the main ring where dogs of all abilities will show off their skills.

The Show Society is delighted to this year be including in the programme for the day the presentation of a Long Service Awards. The presentation will take place just before the Grand Parade.

Later in the day it will be the turn of the shearers to entertain the crowds when several of our local shearers will be joined by some of their friends to compete in a fun team challenge!

On display in the small marquee will be a selection of the best art work produced by local children for the competition to design the show poster. We’ve had magnificent support from our local Primary Schools for this competition with the judging taking place last month. The standard of entries was fantastic and our Judge Karen Stewart had quite a task on her hands selecting the winner. The top prize went to Leswalt Primary School pupil Freya Bathgate whose picture captured all the excitement of Show Day just perfectly. Freya’s artwork can be viewed all over town and further afield on the Show’s publicity poster, online and in the local and national press in our adverts. Kirkcolm Primary School produced the overall highest standard of entries winning them the Dumfries and Galloway Council Trophy. All the winners will be presented with their prizes on show day.

In the afternoon there will be show jumping organised by Stranraer and District Riding Club and the day will be rounded off in style with live music from local band The Hoolies.

As you can see there is something for everyone at Stranraer Show so come along and enjoy a great day out for the whole family. Gates open and the judging of livestock begins at 9.00 a.m. with the main ring entertainment commencing at noon. For enquiries regarding any aspect of the show please contact Secretary Kathryn Jamieson on 01776 870242 or email