Strontian show field packed with entries
AFTER a week of bad weather, the skies brightened on Saturday (August 13) as people gathered to take part in the Sunart and District agricultural show.
The Strontian show field was packed with competitors and onlookers celebrating the 66th anniversary of the annual show.
This year was the first for new secretary Nikki Robertson who joined a team of volunteers that make the show possible.
She told The Oban Times: ‘The show is very important to the community, everyone always looks forward to the day. The community always pulls together for the show and there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes that people don’t always realise.
‘Our volunteers meet once a month to organise the show. They do everything on the day, from cutting the grass to putting the animal pens up.’
President Alison Wright, who has been involved with the games for almost 20 years, was excited for another year of the well-loved show.
Coming from a farming background, Mrs Wright knows how important these shows are.
She said: ‘My father worked on a farm and my husband and son have been breeding and showing cattle pretty much all their life.’
And it was son David and husband Robert who stole the show on Saturday, with their 900kg cow being crowned champion of champions.
A family affair, it was also daughter Krystie Wright’s first year as treasurer.
Mrs Wright said: ‘ We do really well with entries. People come from all over to participate. The horse show is an open competition so people travel from Mull and Salen.
‘But we also want people to see that the show isn’t all about agriculture. There are lots of different skills involved in the day.’
In addition to cattle, sheep and horses, a number of stalls were also present on the show field. Lochaber Environmental Group were there, as were Crown Vets and Mull Pipe Band.
Mrs Wright continued: ‘We are very well supported with good sponsorship.’
Teaming up with High Life Highland, the show also put on a mini highland games for children.
Competitors get ready for the sheep judging to begin.
Kerry McGilvery, 14, from Mull with her champion horse.
Show convenor Claire Cameron with president Alison Wright and her daughter Krystie who is committee treasurer.
Mull pipe band performing at the show on Saturday.
Angus MacColl’s three year- old sheep won first prize in the Texel category.
Champion of the Highland category at last weekend’s Sunart and District Agricultural Show.
David Wright with his Champion cow, who was also crowned champion of champions at the show.
Champion sheep at the show.
Orla MacLennan and Caroline MacPhail with their horses at the Sunart show.
People take part in the horse show on Saturday morning.