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Can you help find the missing flock of toy sheep in Aberdeenshire?

By David Porter

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Agricultural charity the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), are to hide cuddly toy sheep at several locations across Aberdeenshire this Easter in the first of a year-long programme of events to celebrate its 240th anniversary.

Annabelle Bargeton(4) is on the look out for some of the missing sheep.
Annabelle Bargeton(4) is on the look out for some of the missing sheep.

The cuddly toys are part of a flock of almost 2000 toy sheep being hidden across Scotland.

From Monday, March 25, the free family fun event will see the sheep stowed away at shopping centres, farm shops, tourist destinations and agricultural centres across the country.

In Aberdeenshire the sheep can be found at - The Farm Stop, Portlethen; Marsahll's Farm Shop,

Kintore; Aberdeen ICentre at 23 Union Street; Ballater Visitor Centre; World Horse Welfare

Belwade Farmhouse, Dess, Aboyne; South Percyhorner Farm Shop, Fraserburgh, Harbro Country Store, Huntly and Harbro Country Store, Mintlaw.

Hide the Sheep will mark 240 years of the Royal Highland & Agricultureal Society.
Hide the Sheep will mark 240 years of the Royal Highland & Agricultureal Society.

The first to find a sheep can keep the sheep and be in with the chance of winning one of eight VIP experiences at the Royal Highland Show 2024. Those who find one of the lost flock can simply scan the QR code on the sheep’s ear tag to discover if they are a winner.

With Spring an important season in the agricultural calendar, each ear tag code will also reveal five farming facts including insights on lambing, crop sowing and more, as well as raising awareness about the farming sector and the important issues facing the rural community.

In addition to Hide & Sheep, this year will also see RHASS launch a mass Munro challenge, a series of Harvest Thanksgiving services and a yearlong audio and visual storytelling project.

The planned activities all aim to raise greater awareness around key times in the agricultural calendar, unheard stories from across the sector, and issues that face the rural community and will all generate funds for land initiatives preserving Scotland's countryside.

The RHASS stages Scotland’s largest and most popular agricultural show, the Royal Highland Show, the four-day event which takes place at The Royal Highland Centre 20th - 23rd of June 2024.

Jim Warnock, RHASS Chairman said; “It is a great honour to chair RHASS during its 240th Anniversary year. We hope Hide & Sheep alongside our other family-friendly events this year encourage people across Scotland to learn more about the Scottish agricultural community, the challenges they face, and the important role they play within Scotland."

For those who don’t manage to find a sheep, they are also available to buy on the Royal Highland Show website, priced at £14.95

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