Wet weather fails to spoil Kirrie show

ANOTHER heavy overnight deluge threatened to put paid to all the work of the Kirriemuir and District Agricultural Association committee members in preparing the annual show.

But, despite the wet conditions, the popular event went ahead as scheduled at East Muirhead of Logie, on the outskirts of town, on Saturday.

Underfoot conditions were somewhat tricky in the early part of the day, and some motorists required a helping hand along the muddy track to the parking area.

But, as the day progressed the sun made flickering appearances and it remained dry, encouraging people to turn out in their many hundreds to enjoy an afternoon programme of varied family entertainment.

As always, attention is firmly focused on the agricultural judging rings throughout the morning.

And, despite the wet and somewhat muddy conditions, there was keen competition in all areas, with local exhibitors doing quite well.

The Aberdeen-Angus championship went to the 17-month-old bull Coul Black Angus, shown by James Arnott, Mains of Coul, by Forfar.

The reserve ticket in the commercial cattle section was claimed by John Lumgair, East Idvies, Letham, by Forfar, with Black Beauty, a Limousin-sired heifer out of a British Blue cross Limousin cow.

The Limousin champ was an 18-month-old heifer McLarens Favourite, exhibited by Willie McLaren, Muirhouses, by Kirriemuir, while the any other continental breed title went to Rory Hood, Glenarm, Glen Clova, with a 16-month-old British Blue heifer Tweeddale Flair.

In the sheep section, the South Blackface champ was a home-bred gimmer shown by Andrew Walker, Cramie, Glen Prosen.

The any other breed title was won by a Beltex ewe exhibited by Graham and Fiona Burke, Cairndrum Cottage, Chapelton of Menmuir, while David Black, Minard, Cortachy Road, Kirriemuir, took the commercial championship.

The horse sections are always well supported, and this year’s Clydesdale champ was a two-year-old filly Fordelhill Lady Lynne, shown by Ally and Jim Greenhill, Upper Tulloes, by Forfar.

The overall best pony was shown by Teresa Brooks, Woodend Drive, Kirriemuir, with Mr Cloudy.

The local pony champion was nine-year-old mare Golly Gosh II, exhibited by Susan Williamson, Glenhill, Kinnordy Road, Kirriemuir.

Charles McQuattie, Kingsmuir, by Forfar, won the Highland ponies in hand championship with a three-year-old filly Rosie of Strathmore.

Once the judging had been completed, and as things dried up considerably underfoot, the show-ground began to swell with visitors, all eager to enjoy the afternoon programme of entertainment.

The main-ring fare was headed by the thrills and spills of the Amanda Saville “Chariots of Fire” display team, other entertainment including music by the MacDonalds Energy City of Brechin Pipe Band, the parade of vintage vehicles, children’s races, musical cars, together with the traditional mid-afternoon parade of livestock and the presentation of awards.

All around the show-ground were positioned a wide variety of trade and fund-raising stalls while adding to the attractions were a large, interesting and varied craft fair, a RHET tent featuring a children’s competition, a companion dog show, a display of vintage tractors and stationary engines, dry stone dyking demonstrations, a produce, baking, handicrafts and floral art marquee and sheep shearing demonstrations.