Big en­try for Dal­mally’s big show day

The Oban Times - - News -

THE AGRI­CUL­TURAL show sea­son is com­ing to an end, but it goes out with more of a bang than a whim­per this Satur­day, Septem­ber 5, at Dal­mally.

Tra­di­tion­ally one of the most pres­ti­gious days in the cal­en­dar for the Black­face sheep and High­land cat­tle breeds, this year’s Dal­mally agri­cul­tural show also has all sorts of at­trac­tions for ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily.

The Dal­mally dog show grows big­ger year- on-year, while lo­cal farm­ers have de­fied the dread­ful sum­mer weather by pro­duc­ing more live­stock en­tries than last year across sheep, cat­tle and poul­try sec­tions.

The skills on show in the home in­dus­tries sec­tion are al­ways amaz­ing to be­hold, with a big en­try in both the adult and chil­dren’s sec­tions. Flo­ral dis­plays, home bak­ing and pre­serves, hor­ti­cul­tural pro­duce and much more be­sides will stim­u­late the senses.

Pri­mary school six-a- side shinty teams from across Ar­gyll will be bat­tling it out for the Pat Chrys­tal Me­mo­rial Tro­phy, and this is sure to of­fer an en­ter­tain­ing spec­ta­cle for spec­ta­tors.

The ter­rier race is al­ways great fun, while the Dal­tote horse dis­play team will en­ter­tain the crowds with re­mark­able horse­man­ship. Nos­tal­gia will be to the fore as the vintage trac­tors make their ap­pear­ance, while the Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band from He­lens­burgh will of­fer mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment through­out the day.

There will be plenty of trade stands and rides for chil­dren of all ages to en­joy - but the main event at Dal­mally is the com­pe­ti­tion, and live­stock judg­ing be­gins at 10am.

Show sec­re­tary Rhona Craw­ford said: ‘Ev­ery­thing is a bit be­hind this year with the weather, but peo­ple have still en­tered in big num­bers. We’re up on live­stock en­tries, and this year there is dou­ble the num­ber of en­tries in the High­land cat­tle.’

She added: ‘Dal­mally is al­ways a good day out, what­ever the weather, so come and en­joy it with us.’

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