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History of farming to be brought to life at Black Isle Show

Crowds at the Black Isle Show
Crowds at the Black Isle Show

The history of farming will be brought to life at the north’s biggest agricultural event next month.

The Black Isle Show, which is now in its 180th year, is on August 2 and 3 at the Mannsfield Showground in Muir of Ord.

To mark the anniversary, the show will be a key feature of the “year of history, heritage and archaeology” and will feature displays including a vintage tractor parade and a discovery area where visitors can see a glimpse of techniques from a bygone age.

Show secretary Rod Mackenzie said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating the event.

“The fact that we’re 180 years old says it all. Every year, we have a core team of people who work so hard to put on this show and every year we are amazed with how well received it is.

“Farming has obviously changed massively over the years and the show itself has had to change and adapt to meet the needs of the exhibitors and visitors.

“What hasn’t changed is the fact that farming and the activities related to it are still just as popular as ever.”

Kids are being encouraged to get involved by entering an open flower show. Young crafters can have fun decorating a plastic bottle, creating a mini terrarium or modelling garden furniture out of twigs.

There is also the chance to get involved in photography, make a model chicken or create a card to celebrate the 180th year.

All entries to the contest will receive a rosette and there are cash prizes and trophies also up for grabs.

Fiona MacKintosh , who has organised the flower show for the last 14 years, said: “Children and young people are a huge part of the Black Isle Show, which is why we make sure that, every year, there are a wide variety of classes for them to enter.

“It’s a lot of fun and we look forward to seeing the creations. Every year, the young people who enter put such a huge amount of effort into the items that they make.”

New to this year’s show is a junior craft section which has been added after feedback from previous competitors.

There are full details online at www.blackisleshow.com

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