TICKETS for the Black Isle Show are now on sale with organisers saying that this year’s event will boast more livestock, more music and more family fun than ever before.
The north’s biggest farming event, now in its 181st year, will take place on August 1 and 2 at the Mannsfield Showground in Muir of Ord.
Returning by popular demand are two events introduced last year – a charity tractor-pulling extravaganza and the discovery area where visitors can learn how to milk a cow and watch a variety of traditional skills such as farriery demonstrations.
Show secretary Rod Mackenzie said: “What we realise is that to make the Black Isle Show popular and appealing to everyone, we have had to up our game and come up with more ways to entice a wider audience. Clearly the show is very much about farming and we still have all the different classes and it’s very much a competition for the farming fraternity.
“However, to make the event sustainable we have had to diversify and introduce new attractions – often still with a farming theme, but that appeal to those who have little or no farming background at all.”
Music will also play a big part in this year’s event with live music to suit all tastes all day in the bar marquee.
Monster trucks Big Pete and the Grim Reaper will take to the main arena to wow the crowds. There will also be the more traditional but ever-popular livestock parade and vintage tractor show plus local food, drink and craft. Mr Mackenzie said: “There will be a huge variety of culinary delights on offer too.”
Tickets at an early-bird rate and registration forms for the tractor-pulling event can be obtained from www.blackisleshow.com. Show org-anisers The Black Isle Farmer’s Society also offer a bursary geared at young people to study and gain qualifications in a farming or agriculturally- related subject. Young people aged 16 to 26 and who live work or study in the Highlands and Islands, have just until May 31 to apply.