Berwickshire County Show 2011 continues its tradition of “the friendly show” with local people participating in all aspects of the competition and entertainment at its 123rd event at Mainsgate Park, Duns Castle Estate, this Saturday, July 6.
The native bred cattle will be judged by Charles McCombie, Auchencrieve, Huntly and Martin Irvine, Anside, Keith, will officiate in the continental cattle classes. The overall cattle championship will be decided by Katherine Lawson, Windsole, Auctherarder while the sheep championship will be awarded by William Dunlop, Elmscleugh. Overall show champion will be judged by Jack Clark, managing director of John Swan Ltd, St Boswells.
The poultry classes, a very popular introduction a few years ago, enjoy good support from the Berwickshire area, along with many from quite a bit farther away – this year entrants are travelling from as far away as Ayrshire. Small scale poultry enterprises are very popular and organisers are keen to encourage local entrants.
The working hunter pony classes will once again act as a qualifier for Blair Castle Horse Trials this year so should ensure a quality field forward.
Entries for the dog show (including fun classes) will be taken on the field, however there will be no collie dog trial this year due to a clash with the Scottish National Trial, but organisers hope to have it back next year.
Trade Stand space has been booked up for some time, as well as craft tables which look to be filled again with high quality local crafts and gifts.
Once again a a good mix of entertainment has been arranged to take place in the Main Ring, from Rebecca Morgan with her highly successful Reivers equestrian vaulting team to the participative terrier racing.
The usual favourites will also be on show, the children’s sweetie race being a long standing favourite for the children (and mums) along with the livestock parade and unusual classic car display and parade.
The army will once again have their assault course ready for anyone who is brave enough to try, and the Borders School of Falconry will also be doing a display of birds of prey. Another favourite, the Marshall Meadows’ Clydesdale Team, is welcomed back this year to give a display in the Main Ring and there is the opportunity for the public to meet these magnificent animals.
The forestry commission will be providing some of the children’s entertainment along with the amusements, a climbing wall and a host of excellent local food to be sampled.
So whatever you do, put Duns Show on August 6, 2011 in your diary now - it promises to be a lively and friendly atmosphere and a valuable shop window. Good luck to all those taking part.