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We're all set up and ready to welcome the public, say County Show organisers


By Alan Hendry

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Happy spectators enjoying the tractor parade at the County Show in 2018, the last time it was held at Thurso East. Picture: Alan Hendry
Happy spectators enjoying the tractor parade at the County Show in 2018, the last time it was held at Thurso East. Picture: Alan Hendry

County Show organisers say they are delighted to be bringing the event back this weekend for the first time since before the pandemic.

Everything is in place at the show field at Thurso East for the biggest event of the year in the farming community, taking place today and tomorrow, and Caithness Agricultural Society is keen to welcome as many members of the public as possible.

"It's great to see it coming back after such a wait with Covid," president John Murray said yesterday.

"It is looking like we could have decent weather for it. We're all set up and everything is looking good."

The total number of entries is 840, including 430 sheep, 313 horses and 45 cattle.

Away from the livestock classes, other attractions include the flower show, the open industrial sections, the Northern Quality Produce marquee and trade stands. A new addition is a pop-up photo booth.

Main ring highlights will range from Broke FMX freestyle motocross to the Caithness HAS Got Talent competition.

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All smiles from Jacqueline Munro on her Clydesdale, Prince William of Aikers, at the last County Show in 2019 in Wick. Picture: Alan Hendry
All smiles from Jacqueline Munro on her Clydesdale, Prince William of Aikers, at the last County Show in 2019 in Wick. Picture: Alan Hendry

Mr Murray, of Netherside, Castletown, is the fourth generation in his family to hold the presidency. His vice-president is James Barnetson and junior-vice president is Iain Miller.

Organisers are unable to hold a poultry competition because of the avian influenza outbreak.

Champion of champions will be judged by Hamish McLean, of Aberlour.

Saturday admission is £10 per adult, £6 for concessions and £5 for children, while under-fives are admitted free. Prices for Friday are £5 for adults and £2 for concessions and children, with youngsters under five again admitted free of charge. There is no charge for car parking.

After the show, a buffet dance will be held in Thurso's Weigh Inn Hotel with live music provided by Cover2Cover.

A winner in the cattle classes at a previous County Show. Some of the best livestock in the far north will again be on display. Picture: Alan Hendry
A winner in the cattle classes at a previous County Show. Some of the best livestock in the far north will again be on display. Picture: Alan Hendry
Tractor parade at the County Show in 2018, the last time it took place at Thurso East. Picture: Alan Hendry
Tractor parade at the County Show in 2018, the last time it took place at Thurso East. Picture: Alan Hendry

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