YOUNGSTERS are being encouraged to get involved in the north’s biggest farming event by taking part in its famous open flower show.
There are six ways they can get involved in the contest at the Black Isle Show, which this year takes place on August 2 and 3.
Young crafters can have fun decorating a plastic bottle, creating a mini terrarium or modelling garden furniture out of twigs.
There is also the chance to get involved in photography, make a model chicken or create a card to celebrate the fact that the show is now in its 180th year.
All entries to the contest receive a rosette, and there are cash prizes and trophies up for grabs.
Fiona MacKintosh, who has organised the Annual Open Flower Show for the last 14 years, explained: “Children and young people are a huge part of the Black Isle Show, which is why we make sure that there is a wide variety of classes for them to enter.
“It’s a lot of fun and we look forward to seeing the creations. Each year the young people who enter put such a huge amount of effort into the items they make.”
New to this year’s show is a junior craft section which has been included following feedback from competitors last year.
Fiona said: “We had feedback last year that there wasn’t a specific craft category for young teens, so this year we have created one.
“Entrants in this need to be aged between 12 and 16, and there are two classes.
“They can make a miniature terrarium, and there is also the option to make a card to celebrate the 180th Black Isle Show. We also want our competition to be inclusive, so the decorate a plastic bottle, make garden furniture and or a model of a chicken classes can be entered by anyone with learning difficulties, no matter what their age.”
Full details about how the enter and the requirements for each class can be found at www.blackisleshow.com