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Turriff showcases the best in agriculture

By Kyle Ritchie

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A year of change saw tens of thousands of people attend Turriff Show.

This year was the first year following the creation of a development committee for the event.

It has set about bringing improvements to the show, which was in its 155th year, with the most significant being a new and expanded food and drink showcase.

Judging takes place in the overall ridden horse champion at Turriff Show. Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.044563.
Judging takes place in the overall ridden horse champion at Turriff Show. Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.044563.

Turriff Show president Graeme Mackie hailed the hard work of everybody involved to bring the biggest two-day event of its kind in Scotland together.

He said: “None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of many.

“In particular I would like to thank our show secretary Helen Paterson, her husband Ronnie and front office team for all their hard work. The show couldn’t continue without the work of the management committee and attending members.

“We appreciate all the efforts from exhibitors, stand holders and competitors in supporting and attending the show.

“Our vision for the future continues to develop and flourish with them on board.”

Rain showers did not put off the crowds attending on Sunday, with tens of thousands descending on The Haughs show ground. The focus on Sunday was the horse competition, while yesterday it shifted to the livestock and the champion of champions was crowned.

Goats, rabbits, cavies and pigeons were also judged on Sunday and there was the open dog show.

One of the highlights on Monday was the Bleu du Maine National Sheep Show.

Away from the judging the 3SIXTY Bicycle Stunt Team entertained the crowds in the main arena.

There was also sulky trot racing, performances by Turriff and District Pipe Band, a vintage and classic vehicle display and adults and children’s races.

New this year was the EQ Food and Drink Pavilion, which promoted the best examples from across the north-east.

It featured new exhibitors as well as a cookery theatre demonstration area.

The show also featured an exhibition marquee, arts and crafts area, the Old MacDonald’s InFARMation for children in the Ferguson Hall, indoor shopping mall and more than 250 trade stands.

For more on Turriff Show see today's Banffshire Journal.

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