Change of venue voted a suc­cess at Ap­pin Show

The Oban Times - - Farming -

AP­PIN show was one of the best at­tended with at­trac­tions for all the fam­ily. From pet­ting lambs to com­mer­cial cows, the an­i­mals on show were sec­ond to none - and the change of field from north of the vil­lage to the site op­po­site the vil­lage hall proved very suc­cess­ful.

Win­ners on the day were less pre­dictable than of­ten sug­gested by a good show like Ap­pin.

When a vil­lage al­ready has more than one or two supreme cham­pi­ons in its midst, then the com­pe­ti­tion re­ally hots up. And visi­tors from as far afield as Asia and Aus­tralia were amazed at the qual­ity of the stock.

One of the big­gest draws was one of the tini­est of crea­tures - a minia­ture Shet­land pony. Thank­fully, it was in good form, and let the many hun­dreds of peo­ple who passed her stoke her wee mane. But she was tired out for much of the day.

The sun shone for the best part of the show, and when it was rain­ing it was ‘kind and warm’ rain that did not de­ter peo­ple ar­riv­ing and tak­ing part.

The over­all cham­pion was Ewen MacGil­vary, Bar­cal­dine Home Farm, with the out­stand­ing Cr­eran Ifly, a home-bred 23-month old heifer, her mother is Gra­hams But­ter­fly, the herd’s foun­da­tion fe­male, and her sire is Wilodge Fastrack. She was cham­pion of cham­pi­ons at Lorn Show and Ap­pin Show this year.

Visi­tors also en­joyed some great stalls in­clud­ing Cather­ine Hall jew­ellery and Par­adise Kitchen jams, chut­neys and cakes. Also on of­fer was a dis­play of en­gines from Gre­gor MacCormick from Ap­pin, one of the best bot­tle stalls of the sea­son from North Ar­gyll Rid­ing Club, High­land danc­ing in the vil­lage hall and a su­perb tea tent.


A good crowd gath­ered for the show

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