Let's play Hide & Sheep to celebrate anniversary

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Scotland’s leading agricultural charity behind the Royal Highland Show, the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), are to hide 60 cuddly toy sheep across Fife this Easter in the first of a year-long programme of events to celebrate its 240th anniversary.

The toy sheep that are to be hidden across the region are part of a flock of almost 2,000 cuddly toy sheep being hidden across Scotland.

From Monday, March 25, the free family fun event will see the sheep stowed away at shopping centres, farm shops, tourist destinations and agricultural centres across the country. Some of the locations across Fife include: Ardross Farm Shop, the VisitScotland St Andrews iCentre, Kingsbarns Distillery & Visitor Centre, The Buffalo Farm, Saline Shaw Farm Shop and The Farm at Wellsgreen.

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The first to find a sheep can keep the sheep and be in with the chance of winning one of eight VIP experiences at the Royal Highland Show 2024. Those who find one of the lost flock can simply scan the QR code on the sheep’s ear tag to discover if they are a winner.

Will you find the hidden sheep?Will you find the hidden sheep?
Will you find the hidden sheep?

With Spring an important season in the agricultural calendar, each ear tag code will also reveal five farming facts including insights on lambing, crop sowing and more, as well as raising awareness about the farming sector and the important issues facing the rural community.

In addition to Hide & Sheep, this year will also see RHASS launch a mass Munro challenge, a series of Harvest Thanksgiving services and a yearlong audio and visual storytelling project.

The planned activities all aim to raise greater awareness around key times in the agricultural calendar, unheard stories from across the sector, and issues that face the rural community and will all generate funds for land initiatives preserving Scotland's countryside.

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The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is the charity that stages Scotland’s largest and most popular agricultural show, the Royal Highland Show, the four-day event which takes place at The Royal Highland Centre 20th - 23rd of June 2024.

Jim Warnock, RHASS Chairman said: “It is a great honour to chair RHASS during its 240th anniversary year. We hope Hide & Sheep alongside our other family-friendly events this year encourage people across Scotland to learn more about the Scottish agricultural community, the challenges they face, and the important role they play within Scotland.”

Alan Laidlaw, RHASS Chief Executive added: “At RHASS we have 240 years of history in championing Scottish agriculture. Inspiring the next generation through events like Hide & Sheep remains a key part of that. We hope lots of young people and their families get involved with the event and also continue their interest by visiting us at our milestone event, the Royal Highland Show, in June.”

As a nod to the eight regions that used to host the Royal Highland Show before it became a one-location event in Scotland’s Capital in 1960, sheep will be hidden in the eight RHASS regions of Scotland; Edinburgh and Lothians, the Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Strathclyde, Stirling, Perth, Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands in both rural and urban landscapes. Sheep will also be hidden in and around Angus and Fife.

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For more information on Hide & Sheep please visit https://www.royalhighlandshow.org/rhass-240/hide-sheep/. For those who don’t manage to find a sheep, they are also available to buy on the Royal Highland Show website, priced at £14.95: https://shop.royalhighlandshow.org/products/cuddly-toy-rhass-sheep

The Hide & Sheep event is being sponsored Turcan Connell and RHASS’ media partner, The Scotsman Publications (National World).

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