Despite very wet weather at Wigtown Show last Wednesday, there were smiles aplenty in the ever-popular poultry marquee.
Local exhibitors and some from as far away as Durham, Edinburgh, Penrith and Falkirk brought poultry and eggs to make the show the success it turned out to be. In other competition classes were exhibits of photographs, paintings, greetings cards, handicraft and floral arrangements, all with the poultry theme.
Over 700 exhibits were packed into the marquee which at times was full to capacity with visitors. The Show Champion was a bantam blue Old English Game female exhibited by Walter Wylie and Nicola Hansen from Cumbria. It was their first time at Wigtown Poultry Show and Nicola said she couldn’t believe how well they had done and what a wonderful day they had had.
Reserve Show Champion was Caroline McCornick from Wigtown with her Champion Trio of white Call ducks.
Judges Colin Clark, Leon Smith, Jim Lockwood and Christine Norman journeyed from Norfolk and West Yorkshire to officiate over the birds and eggs. Dave Currie, Shalla Gray, Evelyn Macintosh, Fran Raw and Nuala Jeffers judged the other sections and were very impressed by the varied array of exhibits that they were faced with.
Presenting the prizes in the poultry marquee was the Chief Veterinary Officer (Scotland) Sheila Voas. Sheila admitted that she knew very little about poultry but was very taken by all the different breeds and effort that exhibitors clearly go to in looking after and preparing their birds for the show. Mrs. Voas signed the General Licence for Scotland allowing bird gatherings to take place again following the banning of gatherings due to the outbreaks of Avian Influenza in the UK earlier in the year. Mrs. Voas added that she was delighted that poultry shows like Wigtown could be held as she could see how important such an event was for the rural community and enthusiastic young poultry fanciers who will be the guardians of the pure breeds of poultry in the future.
Wigtownshire Junior – Gregor Vance’s Silver Laced Wyandotte F, Wigtownshire Juvenile – Robert Smith’s Black Pekin F, Wigtownshire Senior and Best Wigtownshire –
Caroline McCornick’s Mallard Call F, Open Juvenile Eggs – Finlay Vance’s 3 Duck, Open Junior Eggs – Gregor Vance’s 1 Bantam Egg, Pet – Douglas M. Smith’s Black Pekin F, Ex-Battery Hen – Ann McColm, Utility/Hybrid – Alan Jarvis, Large S/F Light – Callum & Finlay Frame’s Rumpless Brown/Red Araucana M, Large S/F Heavy – Annette & David Mitchell’s Rhode Island Red F, Large Hard Feather – Walter Wylie & Nicola Hanson’s Brown/Red OEG F, Bantam Hard Feather & Show Champion – W. Wylie & N Hanson’s Blue OEG F, Bantam Soft Feather Light – Zoe Campbell’s White Silkie F, Bantam Soft Feather Heavy – John Houston’s Barred Plymouth Rock M, Asian – Ben Welsh’s Ko Shamo F,Trio & Reserve Champion – C. McCornick’s White Calls, Heavy Duck – Hannay & Williams’ Cayuga F, Light Duck – Gordon McAdam, Call & Best Waterfowl – C. McCornick’s Blue Fawn F, Goose – Reuben Phillips’ African M, Best Pair Waterfowl – C. McCornick’s Apricot Calls, Turkey – Brian Moodie’s Bronze F, Rare Breed – Peter B. Kendall’s Jersey Giant M, True Bantam – P. B. Kendall’s Serama F, Open Junior – Ollie McKie’s Indian Runner M, Open Juvenile – C. & F. Frame’s RIR M, Junior Handler – Ben Welsh, Juvenile Handler – Cerys McKie, Waterfowl Eggs & Best Eggs – Adele Taylor’s 3 Goose, Decorated/Painted Egg – Lynn Wilson, Photograph – Shalla Gray, Greetings Card – Ruby Vance, Handicraft – Iona Cochrane, Floral Art – Janice Houghton-Wallace, Most Points Senior – Adele Taylor, Most Points Juvenile – Robert Smith, Most Points Junior – Katie McMiken.