Organisers look forward to welcoming large crowd to popular Killin event
KILLIN and District Agricultural Society’s annual show will be held on Saturday August 20.
The sheep judging always attracts a large quality entry and starts at 8.30am.
The cross sheep judge this year is John MacDougall, while the Blackface breed is in the hands of Douglas Willison Junior.
There is also a Swaledale section for the first time at the show, setting the pace as the only venue outwith the Highland Show to exhibit this hardy breed in Scotland.
The Swale Society is sponsoring the section and thanks go to the society for promoting the hardy Swale. Judge for this breed is John Burton of Connonish. The cattle sections will be in the hands of Roddy Kennedy and it is hoped the return of the local hardy cross breeds will be well-supported after a self-imposed absence last year to allow the park surface to firm up after drainage and landscape work.
The vintage tractors always draw admirers and questions from the many interested visitors. The judge for 2016 is Bob Allan.
The parade will leave Dochart Bridge at 12.30pm, led by the Comrie Pipe Band, followed by the fancy dress participants and a selection of vintage tractors. Afternoon entertainment in the ring features many of the regular events traditional to the Killin Show. A new feature is a falconry display, which will fill two slots and these magnificent birds, reared in captivity, will thrill the spectators with their swift flights and obedience to commands.
The Family Triple Challenge, children’s races and the Terrier Race will bring the show ring to life as everyone cheers on the entrants. The three class dog show and bonny baby competition are always popular, as is the display of Highland dancing and with the shearing demonstration there is something for everyone.
The day is not complete without the food hall, which opens around 8am and the bar at 11am. There will be a good selection of stands, both business and charity, for visitors to browse. The exhibition of floral, horticulture, crafts, baking, produce and preserves in the McLaren Hall is a must. It is open tomorrow evening (August 19) to view the competition results and on show day from 11am.
At 5pm Matt Stevenson will auction off donated goods from the hall in the marquee, so don’t miss the chance of bagging a prize lot.
On Saturday evening, from 8pm, ceilidh music will bring show day to a close, together with a hog roast to save anyone going away unfulfilled.
The chairman and organising committee look forward to seeing a large crowd enjoying this long- established Killin event.