Last weekend’s Dunvegan Show has been declared a success, with a rise in entries across the board.
The day started with judging of home produce, horticulture, handicrafts, art, photography and children’s classes.
Following the conclusion of the livestock judging by John MacDonald of Tarscavaig, Alexander MacDonald of Corriebhein was named the champion of champions with his stunning Charolais Cross Calf. The cheviot champion was Angus Beaton of Gesto for his cheviot ewe lamb and the Blackface Champion award went to Neil Montgomery of Ose. Mary Montgomery of Penifiler won best sheep any breed with her Texal lamb and the winner of crofter with most points was Billy Mackintosh of Dunvegan.
The dog show followed the show trend with 51 dogs participating and there were new classes including best party trick, which proved extremely popular with the large crowd of spectators. Best in show was won by Bailey the Border Collie, handled and owned by John Pickering of Broadford, who won a bag of dog food donated by Rhona Campbell’s Veterinary Centre. Judge Patricia Cutler of Portree saw she was very impressed by the wide variety of breeds represented and the high standard of entries.
Despite the inclement summer and delay for some in shearing there was a marked increase in the number of fleeces submitted for judging, with 42 entries – apparently more than at this year’s Royal Highland Show!
The popular children’s music competition was organised once again by local music teacher Nan Cleghorn and judges Meg Rosher (wind instruments) and Maria Pelletti (guitar) were both impressed by the high standard of musicianship and enthusiasm from the competitors.
Other entertainment on the day included tug o’ war competitions, body zorbs, bouncy castle, and music from the Portree High School Pipe Band.
A spokesperson for the organising committee said: “A fantastic day was had by all. On behalf of the Dunvegan Show Committee I would like to thank all those who helped with the organisation, those who participated and visitors who all helped in making this year’s Dunvegan Show a huge success.”