Vol­un­teers take Road to the Isles to en­sure show suc­cess

The Oban Times - - News - ELLIE FORBES eforbes@oban­times.co.uk

FARM­ERS and fam­i­lies flocked to Ari­saig at the week­end to en­joy ev­ery­thing on of­fer at the Road to the Isles Agri­cul­tural Show.

The 22nd show at Ca­mus­darach brought peo­ple from all over Lochaber and the is­lands to­gether on Satur­day.

Show sec­re­tary Anne MacDon­ald said she was pleased with this year’s turnout.

She said: ‘ Sheep were dwin­dling about three years ago and I have made an ef­fort to get more peo­ple in­volved with the show by go­ing to oth­ers. If you in­vite peo­ple to your show, and you have been to theirs in the past, they tend to come. Ev­ery­one tries to sup­port each other. We are re­ally pleased with the turnout this year. We al­ways get good sup­port from peo­ple in Mallaig and Mo­rar. This is the first year we thought it might be rained off. It’s al­ways the one day of the year the weather is good round here so we were wor­ried when we saw how over­cast it was in the morn­ing, but it stayed dry and the midges weren’t out.’

Anne ex­plained the show re­lies on vol­un­teers. She said: ‘There are a lot more vol­un­teers in­volved with the games now be­cause a num­ber of new peo­ple and fam­i­lies moved into the area re­cently which has helped. With­out their help it would be so much harder to do the show. You re­ally de­pend on peo­ple to give you hand.

‘Ap­ply­ing for all the re­quired li­cences and the moun­tain of pa­per­work in­volved is killing these shows.

‘Peo­ple don’t want to do the pa­per work. It’s a night­mare. I have had such a has­sle do­ing it this year.’

It was the first year the Ewen Camp­bell tro­phy was awarded for best home-bred an­i­mal. The prize is in mem­ory of Mr Camp­bell, who was the auc­tion­eer in Lochaber for 39 years. He died last Oc­to­ber. His daugh­ter Linda told the

Lochaber Times: ‘He went to all the shows around here. He just loved his job at the auc­tion mart and see­ing good live­stock was what he loved.

‘The prize was won by Jade Brown’s High­land cow.’

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Photography.

Left: The Road to the Isles Agri­cul­tural Show was a huge suc­cess.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Photography.

Archie Camp­bell, grand­son of the late Ewen Camp­bell, presents Jade Brown with the me­mo­rial tro­phy for the best home-bred an­i­mal.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Photography.

Holly Dod­man, Vicky Dod­man and Digby Dod­man dress up for the agri­cul­tural show.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Photography.

Above: Vhairi MacPhail, first in tack and turnout, with her mum Eilidh MacPhail.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Photography.

Caro­line MacPhail from the Isle of Mull took part in the agri­cul­tural show.

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