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Bid to make flower show at iconic Black Isle event 'bigger and better than ever' as categories – and a few new surprises – are revealed ahead of Ross-shire's showcase event

By Hector MacKenzie

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Fragrance in the air at a previous flower show Picture: Gary Anthony.
Fragrance in the air at a previous flower show Picture: Gary Anthony.

PREPARATIONS are well under way for the eagerly anticipated return of the Black Isle Show – with some new surprises in store in one of the sections.

With behind-the-scenes preparations in full flow for the annual event at the beginning of August, the Flower Show Committee has already seen entries coming in for this year – but is still looking for more in all sections.

It is always delighted with the number of exhibitors and the colourful displays but still encourages people – whether they are experienced or novices – to get involved and have a go.

On the day, the flower show hosts around 500 exhibits.

Following the overwhelming success of the knitted class in previous years in the craft section, knitting makes a re-appearance this year in the form of “Worry Monsters”.

With the permission of the creator, exhibits will be donated to the Archie Foundation. The craft section boasts a trophy for the exhibitor in the section with the most points – The Greta Collyer Quaich.

This year will also feature a selection of hand-made scarecrows on display. The scarecrow is part of tbe learning difficulties and junior craft exhibits.

Would-be participants are encouraged to check out the schedule in advance to see if any other classes grab their interest. Cut flowers, floral art, pot plants, fruit and vegetables, craft, junior craft, learning difficulties and finally photography all feature.

A spokeswoman added: "Whether you are an aspiring photographer or just someone who likes to snap a photo, we have a fantastic category for your snaps this year. The category is 'Water, Water Everywhere'. So, print out those beach and waterfall shot or get creative with any water-based photo and submit your entry using the entry forms available.We are urging all competitors old and new to make this year’s flower show bigger and better than ever."

Schedules and further information are available from the flower show convener, Gil MacKintosh, who can be contacted on 07760 133865 or 01349 861663 or by email at bifsflowershow@outlook.com.

The entry forms can also be downloaded from the show website at https://blackisleshow.com/event-info/schedules-and-entry-forms/.

There is no cost to enter a class. Competitors can enter in advance, which is greatly appreciated by organisers, or between 8am and 1.45pm on Wednesday, August 3.

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