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The Oban Times - - Front Page - DAVID MCPHEE dm­cphee@oban­times.co.uk

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

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Fish, chips, Pros­ecco, and wellies – ev­ery­thing you need to en­joy the Lis­more Agri­cul­tural Show.

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Jim MacCormick with his texel sheep, which was crowned over­all sheep cham­pion.

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Or­gan­iser Neil Carmichael with helpers Iris McColl and Anne Liv­ing­stone.

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