Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 30 July) long serving Harris GP Dr Andrew Naylor MBE opened the 2019 South Harris show as the sun shone over a packed Leverburgh show ground.
This year’s show was a buzz of activity with each area of the show ground housing a different attraction or point of interest.
Steve Colley attracted the biggest crowd of the day with the former Scottish, British and World trials champion wowing show goers with his death defying stunt show.
The drakes of Hazzard put on a fantastic show as collie dog Flash demonstrated agility and intelligence to guide a group of Indian Runner Ducks over, under and through a number of obstacles.
In the livestock section the top prizes were awarded as follows, in the sheep section Supreme Champion was Richard Maclennan with a Blackface Gimmer and Reserve was Neil Mackenzie with a Cheviot Ewe. In the cattle section the Supreme Champion was Derrick Campbell (cow and calf) and the Reserve was Angus Mackay (crofter’s cow).
This year’s livestock categories were judged by husband and wife Robert and Hazel McNee of Over FinLarg farm near Dundee. Robert carried out the cattle judging while Hazel oversaw the sheep categories. Speaking on the standard of livestock at the show Hazel said, “There was a tremendous standard at the show today, I was very impressed both in terms of the quality and quantity of livestock. With entrants in every category I was certainly made to work for my money today!”
The side stall tent provided a showcase for small business’ across Harris with customers flocking to try a sample of MustHeb’s fantastic mustard, browse the weaving shed’s products and purchase a cone of Flavour’s mouth-watering Gelato.
Within the school building a high number of quality entrants in the craft, produce and baking sections left the show judges with plenty of tough decisions to make.
Monday’s charity tractor drive from Stornoway to Leverburgh culminated at the show ground, with a series of vintage tractors on display. Among them were tractors belonging to Kenny Wallis, Iain Macaskill and Iain Anderson from Uist and Barra, who took their vintage tractors on a circular route from Uist to Skye, completing the North Coast 500 and crossing from Ullapool to Lewis on Sunday night’s freight ferry.
Also in attendance at the show were members of RNLI Leverburgh lifeboat who are looking to recruit new crew and volunteers for the station. Further details on how to join and contact information is available on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LeverburghRNLI/.
As well as the many events in progress there was also plenty around the show ground to keep the young and young at heart entertained. The most prominent attraction being a large fairground ride at the show entrance, with an inflatable slide and bouncy castle also located within the show ground.
The final event on the main show arena was the South Harris Dog Show. The well entered competition saw welovestornoway’s own office dog Brogan bring some silverware back north of the border with a second place in the over 7 years category.