Entries up at the busy Sunart Show
NOW IN its 65th year, the Sunart and district agricultural show continues to improve, with increased entries in produce, poultry and blackface sheep reported by organisers.
The Sunart show, held in Strontian, also boasts a predominantly female committee, with women taking on the roles of president, convenor, secretary and treasurer. And the ladies were ‘delighted’ with the success of the show, after being short of volunteers due to a family bereavement.
Persistent rain had beleaguered Lochaber for the week leading up to the show leaving the field wet and boggy, but stayed away until mid afternoon on Saturday. The rain’s delayed appearance meant the main attraction, James Dylan stunt world, could only demonstrate once and the field was too muddy by the time of the second scheduled performance.
Elaine Jackson, secretary of the Sunart and district agricultural society, said: ‘It was another really successful show.
‘We were quite busy all day and entries were up in a number of categories compared to last year. The main attraction could only demonstrate once because of the rain which was a shame, but it was a great day regardless. We’re really happy with how it went.’
In the stockjudging, it was neck and neck for two crofters as David Wright of Woodend in Ardgour and John Nudds of Torr-Na-Faire in Lochaline battled it out for the biggest share of the trophies.
Mr Nudds’ blackface tup shearling was named champion of champions in its first show outing and the crofter picked up another five trophies for the sheep and other livestock.
Although Mr Wright’s Belgian blue heifer calf missed out on the top prize, the beast earned his owner eight prizes, including best in the beef cattle class.
Fergus Berardelli cleared the table in the poultry competitions, taking home fives prizes in the section, while Kerrie MacGillivray from Mull returned with her thoroughbred, Rio Sueno, who won champion horse the previous weekend.
A female Belgian blue heifer calf from Woodend, Ardgour, was named cattle champion, shown by David Wright
A stunt motorcyclist demonstrates his skill. Unfortunately, there could only be one performance as the ground was too muddy.
Luca McCormick’s springer spaniel, Zola, won best dog in show
The luck of the draw didn’t work in favour of three-year- old Dylan Callander when he tried out Deal or No Deal with mum, Laura
Wilson, and Lisa Gascoigne, right
Kerrie MacGillivray from Mull proudly shows her male thoroughbred, Rio Sueno, who took first place in the horse-judging
A blackface tup shearling from Torr-Na_ Faire in Lochaline was this year’s champion of champions in its fi rst show outing
Champion Highland cattle was the Forestry Commission’s three
year- old female heifer, shown by Derek Ferguson
An enthralled audience watched the main entertainment, James
Dylan stunt world