THE north’s biggest agricultural show is once again throwing down the gauntlet to teams of five to flex their muscles in support of their favourite charity.
Organisers of the Black Isle Show will stump up £2500 for this year’s tractor-pull event which sees teams competing to pull a 1950s Massey Ferguson over a set course of 100m.
Show secretary Rod Mackenzie is hopeful that even more teas will come forward than last year’s inaugural pull.
He said: "We introduced the fundraising event last year which was a great spectacle in the main showground on the Wednesday evening preview.
"The crowds loved it and the money is well-spent, because each team has to nominate a good cause with the winner taking the largest slice of the prize fund."
"Last year 10 teams battled it out and the NFU were the victors donating their prize money to Breast Cancer and RSABI (Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution).
"We can take up to 16 teams and everyone gets a prize, so the more people who come forward, the more local groups will benefit.
"We want to get the entries up to 16 teams this year, as the more we have, the more fun it is for the crowds.
"So if anyone thinks they can pull our Fergie for less than two minutes, they could end up with a nice pot of cash for their favourite charity or good cause."
The Black Isle Show preview evening is on Wednesday, August 1 and the main show is on Thursday, August 2 – with tickets held at 2017 prices.
Mr Mackenzie added: "We’re holding the event on the preview evening on Wednesday, and we have four tractors, so we pitch four teams against each other in each heat. That leaves four finalists. Those that are left in the final deserve every penny they get."
Teams consist of four pullers and one "driver" who must be in fancy dress.
The closing date for entries is July 15.
Entry forms can be found on the website at www.blackisleshow.com/fergie