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By Fiona Reid
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Fun at Barony open day

SHOWERS did not dampen enthusiasm for the open day at the Barony Campus of Scotland’s Rural College — welcoming over 2500 visitors.

Sunday’s event has been hailed as another roaring success, having grown enormously since its early origins as an information event for potential students. It has become an established part of the region’s event calendar.

PLANTING TIPS . . . expert advice was on offer along with plant sales
PLANTING TIPS . . . expert advice was on offer along with plant sales

Senior tutor Julie Parker said: “We were very pleased and relieved to welcome such a big crowd again this year when the weather had raised questions.
“It was rewarding to see visitors that have attended year after year return and it was also good to welcome new visitors to the campus.”
She added: “The aim was to give families and people of all ages a good and informative day out and hopefully we achieved that.”
Around the campus grounds visitors could meet alpacas or Zwartbles and Blacknose sheep, or ‘Ask the Expert’ about the health of their pets, courtesy of the SRUC Veterinary Nursing Department.

DEMONSTRATION . . . a dog agility demonstration was one of the attractions
DEMONSTRATION . . . a dog agility demonstration was one of the attractions

And the equine department was kept busy all afternoon with popular pony rides.
Elsewhere there were tractor and trailer trips, and displays of machinery — many of which were supplied by local dealers and manufacturers.
Visitors could also try out forestry machinery simulators and see the real and very impressive machines in the flesh.
New for this year was a trials bike display by Paul Anderson who wowed the crowds with his stunts over a set of obstacles.
And attractions also included dog agility, bird ringing, plant sales, small animal handling and teas in the Barony Dining Room, offering shelter from the showers.

 

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