DESPITE some nervy moments when all eyes were on the skies, the expected downpours failed to arrive at this year’s hugely successful Fife Show.
‘Vintage’ was the theme of last Saturday’s event, held as usual at Kinloss by Cupar and attended by an estimated 6500 people — none of whom were put off by the grim weather forecasts.
Show secretary Louise Roger said: “We were really pleased with how the day went — we were so lucky with the weather!
“We are delighted with the support we received from all over.”
A parade of classic agricultural machinery was the centrepiece of the occasion, marking the 70th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s ‘Lend-Lease Act’, which got Britain’s countryside moving again in 1941.
There was something for everyone, with the traditional livestock competitions taking place alongside quirkier offerings such as ferret racing, pony fancy dress and a ‘waggiest tail’ contest for dogs.
Champion of Champions, and winner of the new Quaker Oats £100 prize, was Holstein cow Northshields Matrix Merle, shown by J. and I. Wilson of Carskerdo.
She had earlier won the dairy section.
Royal Highland and Agricultural Society medals for long service were presented to Ken Brown, Donnie Clacher and Kevin Walker.
Louise said: “Cattle and sheep entries were slightly up on last year, and horses about 10 per cent back.
“Despite that we had several new horse classes which were very well supported.
“We had 20 per cent more trade stands than last year, and the award for the best one went to Netherton Tractors.”
Other highlights of a varied programme of entertainment included a falconry display that defied the strong winds, and Charlie Thorburn’s gun dog demonstration in the main ring.
Tasty treats were available from the many food and drink stands scattered around the venue, including the popular Arbroath smokies and buffalo burgers, both of which enjoyed long queues throughout the day.