On Friday (26th July) the West Side Agricultural show returned for its second year at the Barvas Community Centre show ground.
In past years the show has gone on in spite of adverse weather conditions but on Friday in blistering sunshine the only complaint that could be heard was, “tha e teth.”
Opening the show local historian Malcolm Macdonald said, “I’m deeply honoured to have been asked to open this show, it is fantastic to see so many people gathered here today. Events such as this would not be possible without the work of all the committee members. I hope you all have a wonder round the livestock pens, community centre and various tents and I hope you all enjoy the day.”
The livestock judging saw a number of entrants across the board particularly in the sheep categories with around 140 sheep entered. The supreme champion was Sine Nicolson with a Blackface shearling and reserve was Calum Macleod with a Cheviot ewe lamb. The judge on the day was Finlay McIntyre a former auctioneer at Thainstone Mart who appeared in the 2016 BBC documentary The Mart.
Kenny Macleod of Brue won both supreme and reserve champion in a competitive cattle competition field comprising of around 30 entrants.
The competition categories saw a number of entries across the board. From children’s crafts to baking a high standard was seen throughout.
This year’s show also saw the debut of a new prestigious competition the West Side Welly Wanger. Following a number of events including a welly toss Daniel Graham of Arnol was declared the inaugural champion.