Keith show­field packed for tra­di­tions and thrills

Stunt mo­tor­cy­clists and show jump­ing big draws in 147th year

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY DAVID MACKAY

T h e n o r t h - e a s t ’ s agri­cul­tural her­itage met the fu­ture at the week­end in Mo­ray.

Thou­sands of peo­ple packed the show field in Keith yes­ter­day for the first day of the 147th coun­try show.

Aspec­tac­u­lardis­play of vin­tage ma­chin­ery and show jump­ing horses were com­bined with adrenaline­fu­elled ac­ro­batic stunts from mo­tor­bikes and quad­bikes.

Trac­tors span­ning nearly 100 years were pa­raded through the main ring along­side clas­sic cars dat­ing back to the 1920s.

How­ever, a fu­tur­is­tic Tesla 4x4, which is pow­ered en­tirely by elec­tron­ics, was also shown in the arena along­side a clas­sic Austin 7 Chummy to demon­strate the leaps that have been taken in tech­nol­ogy.

The show jump­ing arena at­tracted some of the big­gest crowds of the af­ter­noon as com­peti­tors com­peted over a se­ries of ar­du­ous jumps.

Lo­cals also played their part in the day’s en­ter­tain­ment with a strong field com­pet­ing across the feared Bal­loch Hill race course down the slope next to the show field.

The sound­track for the crowd was pro­vided by Strathisla, Buckie, Port­soy and In­verurie pipe bands who marched in uni­son.

An­gela McWil­liam, vicechair­woman of the show, said turnout across the two days helped en­sure im­prove­ments could con­tinue for the event.

She said: “It’s been an­other bril­liant at­ten­dance for the first day.

“We try to make sure we’ve got some­thing new ev­ery year. The main ring was ab­so­lutely full for the mo­tor­bike show, which was tremen­dous to see.

“There have been re­ally strong en­tries in the show jump­ing and all the other com­pe­ti­tions we have run so there has been plenty for peo­ple to en­joy.”

Keith Coun­try Show con­tin­ues to­day with the judg­ing of cat­tle, sheep and na­tive horses.

There will also be fur­ther pipe bands ac­tion as well as an­other chance to see the mo­tor­bike and quad­bike stunt show be­fore the grand pa­rade of live­stock en­tries and the crown­ing of the cham­pion of cham­pi­ons.

AT­MOS­PHERE: The massed pipe bands of Strathisla, Buckie, Port­soy and In­verurie take a tour of the arena at the two-day Keith Coun­try Show yes­ter­day

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