Sun­shine pulls the crowds at 69th Dun­ve­gan Show

The Oban Times - - News - SARA BAIN fort@oban­times.co.uk

UN­EX­PECTED sum­mer sun­shine on Satur­day had vis­i­tors flock­ing to the 69th Dun­ve­gan Show.

The event was once again or­gan­ised by mem­bers of Duirin­ish and Bra­cadale Agri­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion who re­ported gate en­tries for 2017 were up on pre­vi­ous years and a record num­ber of show en­tries, par­tic­u­larly in the sheep sec­tion.

In the live­stock sec­tion, judge Mar­garet Mac­Don­ald had the un­en­vi­able task of choos­ing the Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons. The cov­eted ti­tle, the Mar­garet Mackin­non Memo­rial Cup, was won by An­gus Beaton of Gesto with a two crop Che­viot ewe. Re­serve over­all was handed to Robert Mac­Don­ald, of Uig­in­ish, for his Charo­lais cross stot calf.

Com­pe­ti­tions in home pro­duce, hor­ti­cul­ture, hand­i­crafts, fleeces and chil­dren’s sec­tions were judged through­out the event with tro­phies and prizes handed out at the end of the day in the show tent.

The pop­u­lar dog show proved a hit with the crowds with top dog of the year Tan, a Kelpie cross, han­dled by Lewis MacLe- od of Dun­ve­gan. Among other at­trac­tions were the Drakes of Hazard, a for­mi­da­ble sheep­dog and duck dis­play team, and the wee High­land Dancers who charmed their au­di­ences in the sun­shine.

There was also a lively drum­ming dis­play and a rous­ing skirl of the pipes with Isle of Skye Youth Pipe Band. Pony rides, a tug of war com­pe­ti­tion, re­fresh­ment and in­for­ma­tion stalls, ice- cream and pop­corn all helped to make the day a huge suc­cess for or­gan­is­ers, vis­i­tors and ex­hibitors.

Show chair­man Iain Beaton said: ‘The Dun­ve­gan show once again proved pop­u­lar with locals and tourists.

‘Num­bers through the gate were up on re­cent years as show-go­ers en­joyed un­ex­pected fine weather. The quan­tity and qual­ity of en­tries across all sec­tions was out­stand­ing, with the sheep sec­tion, in par­tic­u­lar, en­joy­ing a record num­ber of en­tries.

‘Mark Wylie’s Drakes of Hazard demon­stra­tion as well as many other at­trac­tions pro­vided ex­cel­lent en­ter­tain­ment through­out the day.’

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Iain Beaton re­ceives the Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons rosette from judge Mar­garet Mac­Don­ald. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain.

Tr­ish Brun­ton on hol­i­day from Fife re­ceived a first rosette in the dog show for her toy poo­dles Scooter and Sproutie. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain.

Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain. Skye Youth Pipe Band en­ter­tain the crowds.

A sheepshearer shows off his skills in the live­stock pens. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain.

Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain. Above: The show was a hit with fam­i­lies.

Drum­mers en­joy­ing the day. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain.

Best puppy in the dog show went to Skye the Bor­der Col­lie pup. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain.

Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain. Wee High­land dancers watch the dis­play.

Judg­ing in the Che­viot sec­tion. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain.

Right: Fleeces for sale in the Wool Tent. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain.

Paddy Wildup gives a spin­ning demon­stra­tion. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain.

Tiny High­land dancers wait for the mu­sic to start. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain.

Fam­i­lies en­joyed the un­ex­pected good spell of weather. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain.

One boy and his dog. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain.

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