Ayr County Show takes place on Saturday, 13 May, so we asked Lorraine Murdoch of the Ayrshire Agricultural Association to tell us about the event.
The Ayr Show has been a major part of Ayrshire’s calendar for years and brings much business to the local area. The one day event, taking place on Saturday 13th May, is held at The Racecourse on Craigie Road.
There’s going to be loads to see and do at this year’s show. Hundreds of animals from a wide variety of breeds will be judged throughout the morning. Light Horse & Pony classes will start at 8.00am, British Show Jumping classes at 8.45am and Clydesdale Horse classes at 10.00am. Cattle & Sheep classes start at 9.30am and Sticks & Crooks at 10am.
There’s plenty of pomp throughout of the day. As part of the Clydesdale Horse Section, a stud cart mare or gelding will be driven by a lady or gentleman through our main ring at 1pm.
Individual champion animals from each section meet in the main ring around mid-afternoon for the Champion of Champions to be judged, with the winning owner received a £1000 prize sponsored.
There is also a Grand Parade of Livestock, which is a sight to behold.
Competitions throughout the day include our local Young Farmers District tug-o-war, a craftsmanship contest, the West Area County Cook Competition and a bake off. We also have a big bale challenge, where teams race to shove a giant straw bale around the main ring.
Our craft marquee is full of great gifts ideas and many bespoke items, and the food marquee is home to wonderful local food producers. Cook School Scotland will be part of the support supplying a pop up kitchen where demo’s will take place throughout the day with local chefs.
Sport loving kids will enjoy the Lidl Football Zone, which is an interactive family football experience that features activities designed with fun and skills in mind. Accredited Scottish FA coaches will be on hand to teach new skills.
We also have free face painting and free balloons and glitter tattoos plus owl magic, a mobile petting zoo, vintage tractors and machinery, chainsaw carving displays and pipers.
Ayr County Show opens at 9.00am on Saturday, 13 May. Admission is £12 for adults and free for children aged 14 and under. Parking costs £4 per car. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
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