Lochaner Show

IF YOU’RE look­ing for some­thing to do this week­end, Lochaber Agri­cul­tural Show is fun for all the fam­ily.

The Oban Times - - News/feature -

Held at In­ver­lochy Castle Farm, just out­side Fort Wil­liam and be­neath the spec­tac­u­lar back­drop of Ben Ne­vis, the show at­tracts around 1,500 visi­tors and lo­cals ev­ery year.

A cel­e­bra­tion of what ru­ral life has to of­fer, stock judg­ing is a reg­u­lar high­light of agri­cul­tural shows and Lochaber is no ex­cep­tion. Farm­ers and crofters come from all over the High­lands and Is­lands to en­ter their an­i­mals in a range of com­pe­ti­tions.

There are prizes to be won in cat­e­gories in­clud­ing black­face sheep, other sheep, cat­tle, the cov­eted horse and pony supreme cham­pion. Farm an­i­mals won’t be the only at­trac­tion on Satur­day, as or­gan­is­ers have a day jam­packed with events. Young­sters can be kept oc­cu­pied at the chil­dren’s tent which will fea­ture ac­tiv­i­ties with bee­keep­ers, Scouts and the Forestry Com­mis­sion.

The af­ter­noon’s fes­tiv­i­ties will be­gin with the open­ing cer­e­mony, fea­tur­ing Lochaber Schools Pipe Band and High­land dancers be­fore the lit­tle ones take over the main ring with the Ju­nior tug of war.

There will also be an adult con­test later in the day for any big kids who want to give the pop­u­lar game a try.

Hot dogs and burgers will be avail­able when you get peck­ish and a num­ber of trade stalls will be dot­ted around the fi eld to browse in be­tween the fun.

For the fi rst year, there will be chain­saw carv­ing on dis­play as pro­fes­sion­als show off their tal­ents in turn­ing mod­est pieces of wood into im­pres­sive sculp­tures and fur­ni­ture.

Even fam­ily pets are in­vited to be part of the fun and take part in the dog show, although they may be out­done when the sheep­dogs en­ter the ring for their an­nual dis­play!

The day of fun will draw to a close with another per­for­mance by the pipe band and High­land dancers.

One or­gan­iser said: ‘Ev­ery­body is welcome, what­ever your walk of life. ‘We hope you have a great day!’

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