ORGANISERS of this year’s Turriff Show have promised an exciting programme to suit all ages.
The show, which this year will be staged over two days on July 31 and August 1, is organised by Turriff District Agricultural Association and is the largest annual event to be held in Aberdeenshire and the largest two-day Show in Scotland.
The show is now regarded as the main shop window for the promotion of agriculture and the food industry in the north east of Scotland.
This year will mark the 147th Turriff Show yet organisers are still keen to keep things fresh. The trade stand area continues to expand and a new area will be allocated for arts and crafts with surrounding food court this year.
It is anticipated that there will be around 800 horse and pony entries and 40 goats on the Sunday, and 450 cattle, 450 sheep and 40 Clydesdale horses on the Monday. In addition there are fur and feather classes and an open dog show on the Sunday with the rabbit and cavy sections now affiliated and upgraded in status.
There are more than 250 trade stands, a renowned food fayre and indoor shopping mall, exhibition hall with a ‘lifestyle theme’, a special forestry area and a special educational area for children plus Codona’s funfair.
The industrial marquee is one of the largest in the country with more than 1,600 home-based craft exhibits plus an excellent horticultural show.
The show features a host of attractions as well as one of the best displays of livestock in Scotland for the Grand Parade of cattle and Clydesdale horses.
Both days host horse events including pony carriage driving on the Sunday and British showjumping adult and junior showjumping on the Monday.
This year Turriff will again host the North of Scotland Junior Show Jumping Championships.
One of the main attractions this year is the Royal Signals White Helmets Motor Cycle Display Team - acknowledged as the oldest, best known and most accomplished motorcycle display team in the country, if not the world.
The 25 riders will perform a combination of high-speed crossovers, spectacular jumps, skilful feats of balance and numerous reverse rides.
Turriff Show wouldn’t be the same without the sheep show and New Zealander Stuart Barnes will be back lining up his sheep on each day of the show for a sheep race in the main arena! There will be four performances each day of the sheep show itself, which is educational and most entertaining to watch.
Ridden Clydesdales are a sight to behold and this year the Strathorn Farm Stables Clydesdales Drill Ride will present a 20-minute performance to music on the Monday.
Sulky racing will be back again to thrill the crowds. Some top class horses will be appearing and spectators can look forward to some hotly contested races.
Turriff Show now hosts one of the largest vintage and classic vehicle displays in Scotland. This year 150 models will make their way round the ring on the Sunday evening - a sight not to be missed! There will also be an interesting static display.
Childrens and adults races are planned for both days with good prize money and a free packet of sweets for every child taking part. There will also be a children’s pet parade each day with free entry so don’t miss out!
The pageant on Sunday afternoon has a ‘Carry On’ theme this year and the various floats promise high entertainment value!
If you are interested in music then there will be something for everyone. On the Sunday afternoon the well-known Turriff and District Pipe Band will play at the Show and Deveron River Brass are returning for a second year. There will also be a variety of other bands and groups from the Aberdeen International Youth Festival playing at the show.
If you like to watch Highland dancing then you will be treated to an outstanding array of dancers, including some national title holders on the Monday (dancing under S.O.B.H.D. rules). The Highland dancing competition now takes place in a marquee near the main car park.
Tug of war enthusiasts can look forward to a tug of war competition confined to members of Young Farmers Clubs (teams of six) on the Sunday afternoon.
Look out for the open dog show on the Sunday or take your dog along to the companion dog show on the Monday, with entries taken on the day.
The show closes on Sunday evening with a Mission Praise service held in the Den Pavilion at 6pm.