Despite grey skies and heavy showers the poultry marquee at Wigtown Agricultural Show was full of optimism and lots to see.
With 354 birds, 200 egg entries plus photographs, paintings, greetings cards, handicraft and floral art, there was a total of 702 exhibits, quite remarkable for a summer show in a very rural area.
Exhibitors came from as far away as Fife and North Wales and with a large number of under 16s on Championship Row, the show was considered a great success.
The overall winner was a bird from Stranraer – a Black Pekin bantam female exhibited by David Smith.
Me Smith said: “I cannot belive it. I very nearly didn’t come because I truly thought my birds were not good enough this year – thank goodness I did.”
The poultry show trophies were presented by Mrs Janice McCornick, wife of the Deputy President of NFU Scotland. Before this took place Mrs McCornick presented shields to three young champion fund raisers. Master Callum Gordon and Miss Jasmine Gordon climbed The Merrick and along with their brother Matthew, did a cycle ride from Glentrool to Clatteringshaws. They have also made items to sell and had stalls at various fayres throughout the year. These young people raised hundreds of pounds, enabling the 2015 poultry show to go ahead and must be congratulated and thanked.
Show Champion: Black Pekin True Bantam female exhibited by Mr. D. M. Smith. Reserve Show Champion was a Bantam White Leghorn female exhibited by Mr. N. Parker. Best Opposite Sex was a Large Barnevelder male exhibited by Miss A. Stanley.
Best Large Fowl Soft Feather Heavy – Miss A. Stanley’s Barnevelder M; Best Large Fowl Soft Feather Light – Mrs. M. J. Templeton’s White Silkie F; Best Bantam Soft Feather Heavy – Mr. J. Houston’s Australorp M; Best Bantam Soft Feather Light – Mr. N. Parker’s White Leghorn F; Best Oxford & Large Fowl Hard Feather – Mr. A. D. Thompson’s Oxford F; Best Bantam Hard Feather – Mr. B. G. B. Brommhall’s Birchen Modern Game F; Best Rare – Mr. N. Parker’s Campine F; Best True Bantam – Mr. D. M. Smith’s Black Pekin F; Best Heavy Duck & Best Waterfowl – Miss A. Stanley’s Cayuga M; Best Light Duck – Master Callum Gordon’s Buff Orpington M; Best Call Duck – Mrs. A. Taylor’s White M; Best Bantam Duck – M & R Mayers’ Minature Silver Appleyard F; Best Goose – Mrs. A. Taylor’s Sebastopol M; Best Pair Waterfowl – Mrs. A. Taylor’s White Call Ducks; Best Trio – Mr. A. Jarvis’ Large Buff Sussex; Best Utility/Commercial – Mr. G. McAdam’s Hybrid F; Best Ex-battery/Colony Cage Hen – Mr. A. Jarvis’ F; Best Junior Handler – Master C Gordon; Best Juvenile Handler – Master S Dale-Sunley; Best Open Junior – Master C Gordon’s Lavender Indian Runner M; Best Open Juvenile – Master S Dale-Sunley’s True Bantam Gold Dutch M; Best Wigtownshire Junior & Best Wigtownshire – Miss V. Smith’s Pet Pekin F; Best Wigtownshire Juvenile – Miss S. Gladstone’s Lavender Pekin F; Best Wigtownshire Senior – Miss R. Wilson’s Bantam Black Wyandotte F; Best Pet – Master D. Smith’s Pekin F; Best Large Fowl Eggs & Best Eggs – Miss A. Stanley’s 3 Large AOV Brown; Best Open Junior Eggs – Miss V. Smith’s 3 Bantam any single colour; Best Open Juvenile Eggs – Master C. Robertson’s 3 Large Fowl any single colour; Best Hand Painted/ Decorated Egg – Mr. A. Jarvis’ Alice in Wonderland Decorated Egg; Best Photograph – Miss S. Wood; Best Painting – Mr. A. Jarvis; Best Greetings Card – Miss K. McMiken; Best Handicraft – Mrs. S. Hay; Best Floral Art – Mrs. J. U. Houghton-Wallace.