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A Royal seal of approval for this year’s Turriff Show


By David Porter

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Organisers of the 158th Turriff Show are delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal to the highly anticipated event when it returns after two years on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1.

Turriff Show, the largest two-day agricultural show in Scotland, will return at the end of July.
Turriff Show, the largest two-day agricultural show in Scotland, will return at the end of July.

Alan Gaul, President of Turriff District Agricultural Association and Turriff Show said they are "Absolutely thrilled" to welcome the Princess Royal to the show and maintain its close Royal connections after Her Majesty the Queen visited the show in 2014.

“It will be a great honour to welcome and accompany The Princess Royal during her visit which is a special year for both the show and the Royal Family in this Platinum Jubilee year.

“We are excited about the prospect of welcoming exhibitors and the public back to the Turriff Show after a two-year absence and I’m sure businesses are equally looking forward to returning to an event which is a shop window for the very best of agriculture, food producers and country life in the north-east of Scotland.”

The Princess Royal will attend the second day of the show, on Monday 1 st August which will include viewing leading livestock entries including the National Highland Cattle Show, which is expected to include cattle from the Queen’s famous Balmoral fold.

“Princess Anne is a great advocate for a vibrant and progressive farming sector which underpins a thriving rural economy and way of life. We feel very fortunate that Her Royal Highness has agreed to support the show and her presence will only add to the standing and reputation of this leading Scottish farming show as we celebrate 158 years since our formation,” says Mr Gaul.

As part of her tour of the showground, the Princess Royal will meet members of the Turriff District Agricultural Association, sponsors, including main sponsor for this year, local family business, Bridgend Aggregates, exhibitors, and visitors to get a real flavour for the renowned north-east event.

Her Royal Highness will also present the prestigious Champion of Champions award in the Main Ring after the grand parade.

Turriff Show is a historic and major farming event which has grown and evolved over the years to become Scotland’s largest two-day show.

It is expected to attract around 28,000 visitors this summer.

From the traditional competitive classes of cattle, sheep, and horses, through to arts and crafts, the shopping mall, Old MacDonald’s InFARMation stand and variety of Main Ring entertainment, Mr Gaul explains that “there is something for the whole family to enjoy.”

The event also features the return of the EQ Food & Drink Pavilion, sponsored by EQ Chartered Accountants which will showcase some of the best produce from farmers, growers and makers throughout Aberdeenshire and wider Scotland, including local farming family businesses, Louise’s Farm Kitchen, and Summerhouse Drinks.

Over the course of the two days there will be cookery demonstrations sponsored by Quality Meat Scotland with Scotland’s National Chef, Gary McLean and local chef Craig Wilson, known better as the Kilted Chef on hand to cook up some tasty food samples for the crowd to enjoy.

The dishes will include ingredients from local businesses exhibiting within the tent.

Ticket prices for the public to attend Turriff Show on Sunday 31 and/or Monday 1 are discounted until Thursday, July 28 and can be booked online.

Tickets can be purchased on both days at the gate with cash or card payments received.

Visit www.turriffshow.org for more details.


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