It won’t rain on Appin parade
DOUGHTY VILLAGERS TURN TO ‘PLAN B’ TO SAVE 58th AGRICULTURAL SHOW
FOR the first time ever, the Appin Show will move to a different venue . . . because of the weather.
The field at Stalker Croft has hosted the popular local agricultural show for many years, but the persistent rain over the past weeks has turned the ground into a quagmire.
Now the 58th show will be held in the field at Tynribbie Croft, which is adjacent to the car park opposite Appin Parish Church, on Saturday.
Torrential rain has given the organisers more than their fair share of headaches in the buildup to the event and, at one point, it was feared the show might have to be cancelled altogether.
Said Appin Agricultural Club secretary, Brenda MacLeod: “It has been a very difficult time, but on Saturday night, we had to make the decision to move the event. We couldn’t leave it any longer. The Stalker Croft field was completely waterlogged, but fortunately, the one at Tynribbie hasn’t been too badly affected and we can move there.
‘We really feared we might have to cancel the show because the weather has been so bad.
‘ We’ve only had to cancel one so far and that was in 2000 because of the foot and mouth outbreak, so it is great that this one can go ahead as planned.’
Brenda said the community has pulled together to get the Tynribbie field ready for the event.
‘We managed to get most of the pens up over the weekend, as Alistair Colthart who uses the field, took out bales of silage to let us in. Tynribbie is the only other field suitable as the car park is so near.
‘The army cadets organise the parking for us, so as many vehicles as possible can be fitted in and there will be reserved parking at Appin Hall for the judges.
‘ We’ve been given permission to use the playground at Strath of Appin primary school too as the overflow car park, which is a big help.’
The Appin Show begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the livestock judging, with plenty to interest young and old alike in the afternoon with Highland dancing, a display of vintage engines, the ever-popular dog show and spinning demonstrations.
There will also be a variety of stalls, the produce tent including displays of home grown fruit and vegetables, flowers, floral art, senior and junior handicrafts, home baking and jams, as well as tents for refreshments and teas.
There will also be a dance in the hall in the evening.
And although Brenda will probably heave a sigh of relief when the show finally opens, it will also be the end of an era, as she has decided that this one will be her last as secretary.
‘I’ve been the secretary for quite a long time now, so I feel it is time to hand over to someone else. We want to encourage more young people to join the club and get involved,’ she added
SHOW MUST GO ON: Brenda MacLeod with her grandson, Ruari, four, beside the pens that have been
put up in Tynribbie field in readiness for the Appin Show on Saturday