It won’t rain on Ap­pin pa­rade

DOUGHTY VIL­LAGERS TURN TO ‘PLAN B’ TO SAVE 58th AGRI­CUL­TURAL SHOW

The Oban Times - - News - ANN HEN­DER­SON editor@oban­times.co.uk

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

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