Gi­ant Ayr­shire crowd basks in the show sun

The 175th Ayr County Show was a bel­ter

Ayrshire Post - - Ayr County Show - Stephen Hous­ton

Up to 10,000 peo­ple basked in the sun at the 175th Ayr County Show on Satur­day.

It’s the first big Scot­tish show of the sea­son and at­tracted farm­ers from across the coun­try.

Crowd pleaser was a “ma­jes­tic” Blue­faced Le­ices­ter tra­di­tional eye hogg from M& C Drum­mond at Cass­ing­ton Farm, May­bole.

She won the Rother­wood Fur­ni­ture Supreme £ 1000 prize as Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons.

The re­serve was a Clauch­lands Black­bird, a Hol­stein cow in milk, from R& M Scott at Shack­le­hill, Moss­blown.

Rother­wood Fur­ni­ture gen­eral man­ager Jo­ce­lyn Wil­son and her sis­ter Claire Bell pre­sented the prizes.

Chair­man Jim Mair and sec­re­tary Lor­raine Mur­doch were de­lighted at the sunny suc­cess.

Long queues formed at the beer tent as farm­ers sought to quench their thirst.

And the Ayr­shire Agri­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion re­ceived a bless­ing from Prince Charles, who was un­able to at­tend in per­son, and which was broad­cast to the crowd by Jim Mair.

Lor­raine said: “We would like to thank every­one who helps make this event the suc­cess it is, from spon­sors/ ad­ver­tis­ers, judges/ stew­ards, mem­bers, stock ex­hibitors, trade stands and the great team of di­rec­tors and com­mit­tee who all work tire­lessly to set up and dis­man­tle the event.

“Spe­cial thanks to Graeme An­der­son at The Ayr Race­course and his team for help­ing with the ground­work and mak­ing the show ground and its sur­round­ing a spec­ta­cle to the eye.

“Ayr­shire is a county full of spir­ited and re­source­ful peo­ple, many of whom have been through dif­fi­cult times; the fact that the County Show is still go­ing strong af­ter 175 years is a great tes­ta­ment to the Ayr­shire char­ac­ter.”

We would like to thank every­one who helps make this event the suc­cess it is Lor­raine Mur­doch

Wheely big Aubrey, 4 Lo­gan David­son, 9, and sis­ter

Royal back­ing Chair­man Jim Mair holds Prince Charles’s let­ter in which he said “Ayr­shire is dear to my heart.”

Num­ber one Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons, the Blue­faced Le­ices­ter ewe with proud James, Etta and Matt Drum­mond

Pretty ladies Eilidh Ram­say, Miller­ston, Mauch­line leads short­horn champ Gretta Karma round the ring

Party at­mos­phere The av­enues were thronged with peo­ple

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