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The planning process for this year’s Stranraer Show is picking up pace with less than four months to go.

The show is all set to take place at its home at London Road playing dields on the last Wednesday in July, which this year falls on the last day of the month, July 31.

This will be the 169th Stranraer Show and the organisers have been busy over the winter months making arrangements and booking entertainment to ensure this year’s has something for everyone and is a great day out for the whole family.

The show society would be delighted to hear from any employer who has an agricultural worker who may be due to receive a long service medal from the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland.

Agricultural workers who have more than 30 years’ service with one employer on different holdings or on the same holding but with different employers are eligible. Contact the society if you have a worker who would qualify and organisers will be please to assist with the application process and arrange presentation of the medals at this year’s show.

The main task at the moment is the preparation of the show schedule, which will be available in mid May.

If you think you may not be on our mailing list, but you would like to receive a schedule, contact the society.

Homecraft schedules are available now so if you’d like to give exhibiting a go schedules are available at Pandora’s Box (Haberdashery), 14 Hanover Street, Stranraer, or see details below.

Trade space both outdoors and in the main marquee has been selling well with indoor space already limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. There are no catering trade spaces available. However, if you have a catering business and would like to join the waiting list, contact the society.

If you’d like to become a member of the show, annual membership costs £10 and gives you entry to the show, with free parking, a copy of the show schedule, the right to exhibit in all sections and access to the members’ marquee. This is a great way to support the show and its excellent value for money.

If you are interested in becoming a member, booking a trade stand, exhibiting livestock or homecrafts, or you would like further information about any aspect of the show, contact secretary Kathryn Jamieson on 01776 870242 or email info@stranraershow.co.uk or visit the show website www.stranraershow.co.uk. You can also keep up to date with what’s going on in run up to the show on by following on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Stranraer-Show

Judges for the 2013 show are as follows.

Galloway cattle: Mr J Wallace, Fingland, Dalry, Castle Douglas.

Native beef breeds: Mr G McFadzean, Woodhead of Mailer Farm, Perth.

Continental Beef Breeds & Commercial Cattle: Mr I Lammie, Longhouse Farm, Muirkirk Road, Cumnock.

Beef Interbreed: Mr H D Leggat, Stirling Agricultural Centre.

Ayrshire Cattle: Mr J Suffern, 10 Ardmore Road, Crumlin, Co Antrim.

Jersey Cattle & Any Other Dairy Breed: Mr A Wilson, Caskerdo Farm, Cupar.

Holstein Cattle: Mr W Fleming, Hillhead Farm, Kirkpatrick Fleming.

Dairy Interbreed: Mr R Forsyth, Lower Cults, Whithorn.

Blackface Sheep: Mr D Redpath, The Yett, Hownam, Morebattle, Kelso.

Suffolk Sheep: Mr I Gilmour, Broomknowes Farm, Maybole.

Border Leicester Sheep & Sheep Young Handler: Mr M McIlwraith, Rosie’s Brae, Isle of Whithorn.

Blue-faced Leicester Sheep: Mr A Hamilton, Marr Farm, Thornhill.

Scotch Mules: Mr W Lockhart, Culdoach Farm, Kirkcudbright.

Beltex Sheep: Elizabeth McAllister, 92 Parkgate Road, Kells, Ballymena.

Texel Sheep: Mrs Jennifer Aiken, Slaidburn, Clitheroe.

Any Other Breed of Sheep (Accredited & Non Accredited): TBC.

Goats: TBC.

Clydesdales: Mr R Sibbald, Thorn Farm, Dollar.

Mountain & Moorland (In-Hand & Ridden), Best Turned Out, Veteran & Family Horse & Pony Classes: Mrs S A Clark, Upper Bolton Farm, Haddington.

Ponies 148cms & Under & Show Hunter Ponies (Under BSPS Rules): Mrs J Coltart, The Stables, Tour, Kilmaurs.

Hunters, Riding Horses & Coloured Horses & ponies: Mrs J Williamson, The Meadows, Bromfield, Wigton.

Walking Sticks and Crooks: Mr D Raeside, Dunlop, Kilmarnock.

Inter Rural Competitions: SWRI – Dumfriesshire Federation.

Homecraft – Crafts: SWRI – Dumfriesshire Federation.

Homecraft – Baking & Produce: SWRI – Dumfriesshire Federation.