A good day out at traditional county show

Young handlers Katie and Jack Royan of Putton Mill Farm with a Poll Dorset ewe lamb at last years show.
Young handlers Katie and Jack Royan of Putton Mill Farm with a Poll Dorset ewe lamb at last years show.

The 131st Berwickshire County Show is in the last stages of planning before gates open at 8am on Saturday, August 6.

Its traditional home ground is Mainsgate Park on Duns Castle Estate, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs A D Hay, and this year’s event has all the elements needed to ensure a good day out for everyone.

The show continues its tradition of “the friendly show” with lots of local people participating in the competition and entertainment.

Sheep classes are particularly well filled this year with almost 300 entered and the working hunter pony classes have been split into novice and Blair Castle Horse Trials qualifier classes.

A new feature this year is a mountain bike race in conjunction with Auchencrow Thistle Cycling Club. There are junior and adult classes starting at around 11am and entries can be made beforehand to dunsshow@btopenworld.com.

Trade Stand space is well filled this year, with a huge mix of local crafts, cars, agricultural machinery and light equipment, lawncare machinery as well as local interest groups.

The main ring kicks off with The Clan, a local mountain biking display team, followed by a display of tilting – you’ll just have to go along and see what its all about! The usual favourites will also be there - the livestock parade, classic car and vintage machinery display and parade, hunting hounds, the Duns Pipe Band, Duns Mini Rugby club will give a demonstration in the main ring, and last, but not least, the fast, furious and fun annual terrier race.