En­tries up at the busy Su­nart Show

The Oban Times - - News 11 -

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.

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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

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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

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Ker­rie MacGil­livray from Mull proudly shows her male thor­ough­bred, Rio Sueno, who took first place in the horse-judg­ing

com­pe­ti­tion

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A black­face tup shear­ling from Torr-Na_ Faire in Locha­line was this year’s cham­pion of cham­pi­ons in its fi rst show out­ing

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Cham­pion High­land cat­tle was the Forestry Com­mis­sion’s three

year- old fe­male heifer, shown by Derek Fer­gu­son

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An en­thralled au­di­ence watched the main en­ter­tain­ment, James

Dy­lan stunt world

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