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This year’s Black Isle Show has ‘all the fun of the farm’

By Niall Harkiss

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Anticipation for this year’s Black Isle Show has reached fever pitch on the eve of the most eagerly anticipated agricultural event in the north of Scotland.

Organisers pulled out all the stops to make the final preparations ahead of an event which has become the biggest of its kind in the north of Scotland.

Last year's Black Isle Show attracted bumper crowds..
Last year's Black Isle Show attracted bumper crowds..

On Wednesday’s preview day, the main ring entertainment will kick off with the show jumping final at 4.30pm, followed by the vintage tractor parade – a staple part of the Black Isle Show programme.

As the evening progresses, the highly anticipated charity tractor pushing competition will take place, with entries sold out.

Teams of up to five participants will attempt to “give Fergie a push” in a bid to shift the tractor and scoop a prize of £1000 for their chosen charity.

Wednesday’s festivities will then round off with a dog agility demonstration from Ross-shire Agility Club, followed by an initial performance at 8pm from Stannage International stunt performers, who will wow the audience with tricks and incredible feats on two wheels.

Outside of the main ring, the show promises a full range of trade stands from 4pm to 9pm, flower shop from 5pm to 9pm and sheep shearing competitions from 4.30pm. As always, for the thrill-seekers, the fun fair will be on hand until 11pm.

The main show on Thursday is set to begin with the judging of cattle, interbreed and pairs.

A round of children’s races will take place in the main ring from 2pm, before the vintage tractor parade makes a reappearance.

After another showing from Stannage International, the judging of champion of champions will take place, before a grand annual parade of livestock takes centre stage.

In the evening, tickets will be on sale for the Music Marquee and Bar, with entertainment provided by Dancing with Sharks, Rhythm & Reel the Black Isle Peas.

Supporting acts include Gregor Matheson, DASHH, Calum Campbell and Wee James.

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