THEY are hardy lot in the farming community – and they needed to be for the third Lismore Agricultural Show on Saturday.
longer, but that can’t be helped – it’s the weather.
‘We made more money this year, but there were fewer people. It’s hard to compare the two, though, because it’s only the second year there have been animals.’
The Lismore Agricultural Show was re- established in 2015 after it stopped in the 1930s.
However, it’s inaugural return didn’t feature any animals.
‘People are getting used to it now,’ Neil added, ‘ whereas before they were not taking part. It’s great and everyone seems to enjoy themselves.
‘A lot of work goes into organising it, but it was a bit easier than last year. There are lots of volunteers who help.’
Also making it a little easier was the £9,000 grant the show received from the Big Lottery Fund. This was used to purchase equipment and a storage container.
‘It will make such an incredible difference to the community show that we host on this small island,’ organisers posted on the official Facebook page. ‘In the past we have had to beg and borrow in order to obtain equipment to hold the show. Now with your kind donation we have a great footing to continue to grow.’ MacCormick; MacGillvray.
Dog champion, Alan Mackellar with Tarka; reserve, Gilly Dixon-Spain with Lottie. Special prize for the least biddable dog went to John Carmichael with Rosie.
Overall show champion was Donald MacCormick with his bull calf.
Home industries: adult baking – most points, Rosemary MacCormick; best exhibit, Rosemary MacCormick; dumpling, Rosemary MacCormick. Children’s baking – best exhibit, Ruairidh Maclean-Fleming; most points, Ruairidh Maclean-Flemin est jam, Kate Murfin.
Children’s handicrafts: most points – Ealasaid Maclean-Fleming; best exhibit – Ealasaid Maclean-Fleming.
Senior handicrafts: most points – Sarah MacDonald; best exhibit – Rose Howard.
Best floral exhibit: Memory MacDonald.
Most points, fruit and veg: Gilly Dixon- Spain
Painting: best exhibit – Carol Wormleighton.
Photography: best exhibit – Teenie Wilson. reserve, Archie IT WASN’T third time lucky for the Lismore Agriculture Show weather wise, but the soggy conditions didn’t dampen any enthusiasm.
In fact, it was the most successful year to date in terms of money raised – although this might have something to do with a lot of people seeking refuge in the beer tent.
The commendable competitors, however, got on with the day and showed off their livestock with pride.
First it was sheep, then cattle and finally the dog show.
But it was the children who embraced the less than ideal conditions the most, dancing in the rain or, in one case, jumping in muddy puddles.
‘The show went very well,’ organiser Neil Carmichael said. ‘Except for the weather.
‘We made plenty of money and I was surprised about how many people turned up.
‘Last year, they stayed a bit Results were as follows: Blackface champion, John Carmichael; reserve, Donald MacColl.
Pure-bred sheep champion, James MacCormick; reserve, Calum MacGillvray.
Cross sheep champion, John Carmichael; reserve, Donald MacCormick
Female sheep champion, John Carmichael with his mule ewe lamb and reserve overall champion sheep.
Male sheep champion, James MacCormick with his texel tup and it was overall sheep champion.
Junior cattle champion, Donald MacCormick with his bull calf; reserve, John Carmichael with his heifer calf.
Breeding cattle champion, Archie MacGillvray with his cow; reserve, John Carmichael with his heifer.
Overall cattle champion, Donald
Fish, chips, Prosecco, and wellies – everything you need to enjoy the Lismore Agricultural Show.
Jim MacCormick with his texel sheep, which was crowned overall sheep champion.
Organiser Neil Carmichael with helpers Iris McColl and Anne Livingstone.