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The show must go on

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By Fiona Reid
The show must go on

FINAL preparations are taking place for the last agricultural show of the season in Dumfriesshire. And the organisers of Langholm Show are crossing their fingers for fine weather tomorrow.

They have met several times this week to check the forecast and decide whether to continue. And on Tuesday night chairwoman Michelle Jardine gave the thumbs up and now it’s all systems go to get the Castle Holm ready.

Michelle, who is in her second and final year at the helm, said entries are steady and there’s a busy programme of events planned. She said: “It was just great last year to see the show go ahead after the cancellation in 2017. It was great to see a good show of people flow through the gate and kids enjoying themselves and exploring.

“This year, entries for show are coming in slowly but looking not too bad. It would be good to have some more cattle entries and see more young handlers taking part; horse entries are about the same, maybe slightly lighter due to the flu vaccination process that is in force now; and sheep entries follow the same pattern as usual. “If anybody is running late or forgot, please get in touch with one of our fabulous secretaries, who all do a super job.”

The show will kick off with judging in the livestock, horse and industrial sections, as well as the popular pet show. Alongside the animals, there will also be a falcon display, Cumberland wrestling, terrier racing, vintage vehicles, children’s sports, young farmers’ games, tug or war and sheaf tossing. There will be inflatables and rides too and shopping opportunities at the trade stands and in the craft tent. Michelle added: “It should be a fun filled day for everybody, let’s pray for a dry, sunny day! However, the weather will be what it will be and we will make the best of it.

“I hope everybody has a fabulous day. Please do join us for the 2019 show.”


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