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By Fiona Reid
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Full steam ahead for Moffat Show return

FINAL preparations are being made for the welcome return of Moffat Show this weekend.

It takes place on Saturday at Raehills Meadow, St Ann’s and the committee are hoping for dry weather and a good turnout.

There will be a free bus running from Moffat via Beattock to the show field for the traditional one day agricultural event, known locally as the ‘friendly’ show.

Livestock judging starts at 9 am and continues through the morning, with the craft marquee opening at 10 am.

Show secretary Hazel Crichton said: “There is an extensive array of classes throughout the cattle, sheep and horses sections and this year we are encouraged by the number of entries in the Young Handlers Classes – 50 in total – these are the future in agriculture.

“Judges, Colin Davidson and Andrew Walton, will have a hard job choosing the ‘best judged on handler’s ability’.

“There are also sections for the home and garden industries, stick making, crafters, vintage machinery, as well as the Annandale Young Farmers section where various competitions will be run.

“An added attraction is our Dog Show, held under ‘Kennel Club Rules and Regulations for Companion Dog Show’.”

Entries can be taken on the day for the horse section, including show jumping, vintage machinery, walking and lambing sticks, as well as the dog show.

There will be a large selection of trade stands on the show field, along with charities including Lockerbie and District Rotary Club, Moffat Mountain Rescue, Dumfries and Galloway Canine Rescue Centre and Beattock and Moffat Academy Cluster.

For youngsters, there will be entertainment with Daffy Dill and her balloon and bubble show, while the main ring programme includes demonstrations from Mark French Birds of Prey, a tractor pull contest and the grand livestock parade and trophy presentation.

The show will round off with a disco at night run by Annandale YFC.

Mrs Crichton added: “We aim to put on an entertaining, educational show in a safe environment for all the family whether they are involved in farming or not.

“Do come and enjoy a day out on Saturday. Please note it will be ‘Cash Only’ for entry.”

To find out more, go to www.moffatshow.co.uk.

  • Above: setting up the pens for the show

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