So much to see and do at annual Lorn Show
THE Lorn Agricultural Show at Benderloch promises a great family day out this weekend, at Tralee Beach on Keil Common, near Oban.
The traditional agricultural show, which was founded in 1920, will feature equestrian events, livestock, trade stands, children’s entertainment, dancing, crafts, pipe bands, refreshments and much, much more, crammed in between 10am and 5pm tomorrow (Saturday August 6).
Other attractions throughout the day include music performed by Oban High School Pipe Band, a tug-of-war competition, the ever-popular terrier race, throwing the wellie boot, tossing the sheaf, and the Young Farmers will also be running various contests.
The day begins with livestock judging at 10am, which includes the sheep, cattle and poultry classes.
A highlight of the Lorn Agricultural Show is the Highland dancing competition, when dancers finally have a chance to show off the skills they’ve spent months practising. Competitors in the primary, beginners and novice classes register at 10am, before dancing commences at 10.30am. Those in the intermediate and premier categories should register at 1.30pm, ahead of the dancing starting at 2pm.
The list of classes include pas de Basques and high cuts, Highland fling, swords, seann truibhas, half reel of Tulloch, Scottish lilt, Flora MacDonald, sailors’ hornpipe and the Irish jig. Late entries will be accepted until Friday August 5, and the entry fee is £1.70 per dance.
The judging of the cooking and crafts in the home industry tent starts at 11am, and all home industries exhibits should be in place by 10.45am. The children’s fun classes include decorated wellington boots, animals made from raw vegetables, an egg-box dinosaur, footprints on a paper plate, a computer-designed Christmas card, yoghurt loaves, and photographs of flowers and creepy crawlies.
In the adult baking section, contestants will pit against each other their girdle scones, empire biscuits, Turkish delight, jars of sweet and sour sauce, chocolate sponge sandwich, and hen and duck eggs. Eggs exhibited must be in the possession of the exhibitor, and the poultry judge is entitled to break an egg.
Handicraft categories will also include a knitted pram cover, machine-sewn clothes peg bag, a crochet flower, un-mounted photographs titled ‘reflections’ and ‘morning mist’, and a table centrepiece using a candle.
The men only classes are squares of tablet, and a jar of rhubarb jam. A 50p entry is to be paid on the day in the adults’ section, but children’s entry is free.
Another highlight of the day will be the Oban poultry show: entries will be taken on the field, and all poultry should be caged by 10.45am.
The dog judging follows at 12.30pm, with agility taster sessions and a fly ball display.
Organisers were delighted to announce United Auctions, the livestock auctioneers, had become the event’s main sponsor for the next three years.
You can get there early when the gates open at 9am, and there is a free car park throughout the day. Show tickets for adults cost £6, while children can enter for £3, or there is a great value family ticket for just £14.