Stranraer Show 2016 Preview

Ten-year old Wilson Sloan with this Holstein calf from North Milton, Glenluce, at last year's show'Photo credit - Wigwam Photography
Ten-year old Wilson Sloan with this Holstein calf from North Milton, Glenluce, at last year's show'Photo credit - Wigwam Photography

Planning for the next Show really starts just after the annual event and 2016 sees the 172nd Stranraer Show, taking place on Wednesday 27th July at London Road Playing Fields, Stranraer.

Show secretary Kathryn Jamieson said: 2This year has been a challenging year for our agricultural community, the usual weather dilemmas, Britexit and all sectors under financial pressure from low prices. As the show approaches things appear to be slowly improving.

“The Show competitions start in June with our primary school poster competition. This is open to all Rhins primary school children to design a poster for our show adverts. A huge entry of over 600 made it a very difficult decision for our judge Shalla Gray – coming out victorious was Ruth Turtle from Kirkcolm Primary School. A selection of runners up can be seen on stand E17 at the Show. Thanks must go to the children and schools for their continuing support.

“Show day usually sees a large number of entries in our livestock sections, with animals from all over our region. Many of our exhibitors have had a successful show season nationally. The Grand Parade promises to be a great display of the livestock and stocksmanship our area provides. The Young Handlers sections are well worth a look, as the next generation shows us how it should be done.

“Our main entertainment this year is the Kangaroo Kid, a world class quad bike stuntman from the Gold Coast of Australia – a returning performer from a number of years ago, he once again promises to thrill and entertain you with his incredible bike stunts.

“For our younger guests we have Stranraer’s own Road Runner Children’s Entertainer who will be around during the afternoon.

In the main ring we have the popular Dog Show, Glenluce Vintage Tractors parading around the ring showing examples of machinery from the past. We also have a local sheep dog handling demonstration, Stranraer’s Blue Bombshells and some fun from our local Young Farmers Club.

“Around the field there are over 100 stands displaying everything from tractors, cars, clothing to food outlets, hopefully something for everyone. The Homecraft marquee is worth a look to check out what’s winning in the baking and craft competitions, the children’s section is always brilliant with some amazing entries. The craft marquee does have something for everyone for the home, garden or yourself from breads, cheeses, jam, pies, sweets, greetings cards, jewellery, candies, plants and cookery equipment to name just a few. There are cookery demonstrations throughout the day starting with a demonstration on how to make cocktails from Massimo Lisi from the Craignelder Hotel, followed by Seafood Cookery by John Henry from Henry’s Bayhouse then ice cream delights from Glen Urr Ice Cream. Also in the afternoon there will be a sheep shearing competition and show jumping. Later on there will be live music from bands Trilby and Freefall.

“So come along on July 27th for an action packed day, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The judging starts at 9am with the main ring events commencing around 11.30am. For more information take a look at our website or follow us on Facebook.”