RHS Showcase goes global
The Royal Highland Show will go ahead this year but as a livestreamed showcase rather than the usual four day extravaganza we’re used to at Ingliston.
Getting the green light to stage the showcase behind closed doors was a relief for the organising body, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
Taking place week commencing June 14, it will see the best in livestock judging, equestrian, food and drink and rural skills livestreamed from the showground to a global audience.
Scottish Government funding of up to £750,000 will be provided to support the event, protecting the long-term future of the RHS and recognising its key role as a vehicle for education and cultural promotion of Scotland’s rural and agricultural industries.
Bill Gray, RHASS chairman, said: “This year’s showcase will give us a fantastic opportunity to bridge the gap between a no-show year in 2020 and the 180th Royal Highland Show celebration in 2022, the bicentennial anniversary of our very first show.
“The support we have garnered from the wider agricultural sector, coupled with Scottish Government funding, reinforces the importance of the Royal Highland Show.
"It will see Scotland’s agricultural industry taking centre stage as we re-emerge from this dark time.
"This showcase will enable us to shine a light on our farmers and rural communities, who have been steadfast throughout this pandemic and allow us the opportunity to promote rural Scotland to a wider audience.
“Scottish Government support will enable us to deliver a fantastic showcase and provide a legacy of digital innovation and global reach.”
Among those supporting it are Scotland Food and Drink, QMS, the Scottish Association of Young Farmer Clubs and RSABI.
Nina Clancy, RSABI chief executive, said: “It has been an incredibly difficult time and we all desperately need something to look forward to.
"Celebrating the best of farming and rural Scotland the week of June 14 will be a huge boost to morale.”