A record number of visitors flocked to enjoy a wealth of attractions at this year’s Fife Show.
The event at Kinloss near Cupar was only slightly marred by a judge being taken to hospital after being injured by a cow. However, the show did go on, much to the delight of visitors and those taking part.
Fife Agricultural Association secretary and show organiser Hilary Lumsden said the standard of entries in the livestock sections was high with various breeds of cattle, sheep, light and heavy horses as well as poultry, taking part.
The home produce competition and dog and pet shows also saw impressive entries with a mix of variety and flair.
Hilary said: “The light horse section, which is one of the first shows of the season, was a very busy one with a number of affiliated qualifiers. The opportunity to make late entries throughout the day also helped boost numbers. British Showjumping was also busy this year with two new club classes and seniors qualifiers for the Royal Highland Show.”
Commenting on the incident where the judge was injured, she said: “We have since been informed that he suffered lower back damage but he will make a full recovery. We are providing every support to his family.”
She added: “The show continually assesses risk and has an extensive health and safety policy in place.”
As a registered Scottish charity and a non-profit organisation, The Fife Agricultural Association is run by a group of around 35 volunteers who meet throughout the year to plan the show and then come together in the two weeks before it to layout and build the actual event.
Hilary added: “The loyal support of all the sponsors and advertisers as well as the competitors and exhibitors is greatly appreciated. Assistance is provided by local organisations including Cupar in Bloom, RHET, SWRI, Elmwood College and the Scottish Association of Young Farmers. Judges, stewards and helpers provide invaluable help at what is a hotly anticipated community event.”
The trade stand section also had a record number of stands this year, with a huge range of produce from tractors and combines to disabled vehicles and wedding cars, clothes and crafts to plants, flowers and even hens!
While other charities also attended to promote their causes, the main ring and Game Fair ring events entertained throughout the day with Heavy Horses, Fife Foxhounds, Drakes of Hazard collies and ducks, Charlie Thorburn’s gun dogs, Cupar & District Pipe Band, Horse World Welfare, vintage agricultural machinery, the bi-plane display, Raptor World falconry and The Scottish Ferret Club.
BASC offered clay pigeon shooting while The Cupar Bowmen offered archery. Other attractions included the Clatto Junction ceilidh band, the Scottish Official Highland Dancing Association, Black Boar Swordsmanship School, East Neuk Wobblers Motorbikes, quad bikes and the children’s funfair.
The show is always grateful for any support and is always willing to discuss sponsorship and advertising packages with any business or individuals. They are also on the lookout for committee members and/or helpers to build on the success of the show.
For more details visit the website www.fifeshow.com or Facebook page or contact the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.