Point Agricultural Show held yesterday (Saturday, July 14) found itself defying poor weather yet again as low cloud and rain enveloped much of Point while Stornoway remained dry.
Nonetheless the Point Show, held for the first time in 2003, attracted hundreds of visitors to the showground on the site of the former Aird School, whose school hall once hosted the varied displays of art, crafts and foods now covered by large marquees.
There were 12 competition sections, including many sub-categories for livestock, fruit and vegetables, baking, arts and crafts – with competition more intense than ever with the recent spell of good weather seemingly encouraging a much bigger array of fruit and vegetables. A vast variety of cakes were also displayed.
There was a performance by the Lewis and Harris Pipe Band immediately after the show opened.
Teas, coffees and cakes were on offer within Tiumpanhead Community Centre where demand was strong from the start of the show as the weather encouraged people to seek cover, plus there was a barbecue, offering burgers and hot dogs, along with local producers providing crepes and pancakes, and numerous snacks.
The Point Agricultural Society run the show which was backed with £1000 sponsorship from Point and Sandwick Trust, up from £500 support in previous years, which helped the organisers meet their expenses. These include cover from St Andrew’s First Aid and insurance.
Of course, the one element the organisers cannot control is the weather – and last year they suffered a blow when one of their new tents, bought with Lottery funding, blew down two days beforehand and was ruined. Organisers had been hoping for the sunny weather this time. Chairperson Grace Smith said earlier: “The last few years we’ve had pretty bad weather and it has affected the numbers but on a good sunny day we’d get up to 2,000 people, so hopefully we’ll be back to that.
“It’s been pretty poor about four years running. Last year was pretty bad but we still had over 1,000 people come.”
And yesterday the draughty, showery conditions certainly failed to deter the enthusiasm of the youngsters for a show’s sack race. And car parking stretched back along the road to town almost to the Sheshader turn-off in the traditional way.