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