Wigtown is set to put on a show

Bladnoch Park on Wednesday, August 1, is the place to be, as Wigtown Agricultural Society hosts its annual show.

The oldest show in the region, Wigtown Show is a great day out for everyone, whether they are from town or country, are local or on holiday.

Trade stand bookings are coming in thick and fast from both regular and new companies, and the Craft & Lifestyle marquee is almost fully booked already. The Food Marquee will once again showcase produce from our region and beyond and this year there will be a greater presence of local foods and suppliers in the Catering Food Court.

Another new feature is Design a Scarecrow. This is a fun competition for families to take part in … and an ideal activity to keep the children busy in the summer holidays. Entry forms and details will be available from the secretary and website nearer the time. It is hoped the scarecrows will make a

lovely display near to the increasingly popular Poultry Show which has hundreds of classes, including some specifically for children.

There are also classes for photography, paintings and – new for this year – handmade greetings cards, all with a poultry theme.

The committee, under the leadership of new chairman Ross McKie, has a wide variety of entertainment lined up, both in the main ring and around the showfield, throughout the day, so no matter your age or interests, there will be lots to see and do.

Membership of the society is available to everyone. The £12 annual subscription provides you with a member’s badge, which gives free admission to the show, car park, grandstand and members’ pavilion facilities on show day. Sponsorship packages are also available to individuals and companies. Both membership and sponsorship are great ways of showing your support for this historical annual event.

Wigtown Show has always been renowned for a great show of livestock and it is hoped that this year will be no exception. Livestock Premium Lists will be available in May from Helen McColm, the show secretary. Poultry schedules are available now from Janice Houghton-Wallace on 01988 600763. Both will also be on the show’s website www.wigtownshow.org.uk.

The honour of judging the Champion of Champions this year goes to local farmer Robert Forsyth, who farms at Baltier, Whithorn. Mr Forsyth is a prominent sheep breeder but has a great knowledge of all other livestock so is very capable of judging the overall show champion. The other judges are: Galloway Cattle, Jim Wallace, Fingland, Dalry; Belted Galloway and any other breed native, Jack Ramsay, Millerston, Mauchline; Commercial cattle and AOB continental, Graeme Stirling, Plean, Stirling; Ayrshire, Holstein and AOB dairy, Mr A Kirkpatrick, Barr, Sanquhar; Young Handlers Dairy and YFC Stockjudging, Michael Yates, East Logan, Castle Douglas; Young Handlers Beef, Sheena Kennedy, Overton, Coylton; Clydesdale horses, Matthew Carrick, Littleward, Thornhill, Stirling; Light Horses – in hand, Alison Morton, Ardrossan; Ridden Horses, John Morgan, Ardrossan; Bluefaced Leicester sheep and Scotch mule, Andrew Hamilton, Marr, Thornhill; Suffolk and Charollais sheep, Jim Howie, Hillcroft, Crossford, Carluke; Texel and Beltex sheep, Anne Story, Hobbiesburn, Longtown; Lleyn and any other breed sheep, Derek Steen, Whitcastles, Corrie, Lockerbie; Ryeland sheep, David Robinson, Lowfield House, Wigton; Blackface sheep, Tom Robertson, Nether Whitehaugh, Muirkirk; Commercial sheep and interbreed cattle pairs; Jim Kennedy, Lyonpark, Maybole; Young Handlers sheep, Mr J L McMillan, Carse of Clary, Newton Stewart; goats, Shirley Barnes, Drummore; fleece, James Hyslop, Glenluce; crooks and walking sticks, Arthur R Young, Rhonehouse, Castle Douglas; dog show, Josie Taylor, Glentrool, Newton Stewart; trade exhibits, Dorothy McIlwraith, Isle of Whithorn, and Jean McKay, Sorbie; waterfowl, turkey, eggs, Mr B P Hayford, Devon; decorated and painted eggs, Mrs J Hayford, Devon; soft feather, Mr H Guthrie, Ayrshire; junior, juvenile, Wigtownshire, true bantams and rare, Mr C Parker, Lancashire; hard feather, Mr D Piatnyczuk, Dumfriesshire; painting, photography and greetings cards, Mrs V Horton, Creetown.

To raise funds, the society is holding a barn dance on Saturday, July 7, at Barholm Mains, Creetown. The “Jack Daniels” band will perform live again after their wide range of popular music had everyone dancing last year. With an auction, bar and hog roast, it’s sure to be an enjoyable night to which everyone is welcome.

For details of any of the above opportunities, contact Helen McColm on 01988 860233 or email secretary@wigtownshow.org.uk.