THERE were sighs of relief all round when the skies cleared in time for the annual Kinross Show.
After a week of torrential rain, the ground at Kinross House was so saturated that the decision was taken to cancel the light horse classes in order to minimise damage, but the rest of the day’s events went ahead as planned and once the early showers had passed the crowds were able to enjoy a fun-filled day in warm sunshine.
This was the 181st year of the Kinross Show and it was thanks to the new owner of Kinross House, Donald Fothergill, that the event was held once again in its traditional venue.
Mr Fothergill, a Yorkshire-based businessman, bought the maginficent 17th-century mansion from the Montgomery family last year, prompting fears that the show might have to move elsewhere and bring a 50-year association with Kinross House to an end.
In addition to a host of family attractions such as the Highland dancing, dog show, fancy dress competition and funfair, the thousands of visitors who descended on Kinross House for the afternoon were treated to the sight of some of Scotland’s finest animals, and for many the highlight of the day was the parade of champions in the main show ring.
The show was a particularly memorable occasion for farm worker David Colliar, this year’s sole recipient of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society’s long service medal, who was recognised for a remarkable 50 years’ service with the Alexander family at Hilton, Milnathort.
As always, competition was keen amongst the farming fraternity, with the cattle sections particularly strong this year.
Among the winning exhibitors were some familiar local names, including Arther and Susan of Cuthill Towers, Milnathort, who took the inter-breed championship title in the dairy cattle section as well as the Tom Page Trophy for a group of four.
A two-crop Blue-faced Leicester ewe owned by Mrs Mary MacNiven of Craigfarg, Glenfarg, took the interbreed sheep championship title, while in the reserve slot was a Border Leicester tup lamb owned by Robert Brown of Radernie.