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By Fiona Reid
Farming
Show team are thrilled to be back

FINAL preparations are being made for the return of the Stewartry Show next month.

After two years of covid disruption, it will take place on Thursday August 4 at the rugby club ground in Castle Douglas.

Now in its 74th year, the event is a vital part of the Stewartry’s tradition and heritage.

President Sam Hutton said: “We are delighted to be holding the show once again at Greenlaw after a two-year gap. We have been heartened by the strength of support shown in the farming and wider community to get the show up and running again. In particular, our main sponsors, Wallets Marts, all of our section sponsors and in addition this year we are hugely grateful for the support from the Galloway Glens Scheme.

“Local shows are a key part of the rural community, whether you are in farming or not, we hope to see you on the day!”

There promises to be something for all ages and interests, with a couple of new, extra attractions this year.

It starts at 8.30 am with livestock judging, with the main gates opening at 3 pm.

Highlights include the grand parade at 3 pm, dog show at 12 noon, performances through the day from the Stewartry Dog Agility Team and showjumping.

There will be homecrafts and floral arts, a craft marquee, food, stalls and trade stands.

Entertainment in the main ring will include the Vander Brothers Wheel of Death and some familiar Super Heroes.

This year’s show is also being supported by the Galloway Glens Scheme and they will have a family activity tent with a range of fun and free activities for all ages.

Wishing the event well, spokesman McNabb Laurie said: “This show wouldn’t exist without the amazing work behind the scenes of the volunteer committee. The Covid-19 induced absence of the show has been keenly felt and this year we are delighted to be supporting the committee as the show re-establishes itself as a fixture in our calendars. Surely one of the highlights of the summer.”

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