TOP LIVESTOCK and all manner of entertainment will be heading to Keith for the 141st time this weekend.
The annual Keith Country Show has been staged in the town for more than 140 years, and, renowned as being one of Scotland’s best and friendliest, the crowds are sure to come flocking again on Sunday and Monday.
As well as showcasing some of the North-east’s top horses, sheep and cattle, highlights at the showfield promise to include a sheep-shearing competition, chainsaw carvings, various marquees, a WRI tent, a display of vintage prams, a children’s farm, an industrialhorticultural tent, a display by the Keith Kilt School, and a birds of prey demonstration.
There will also be Highland dancing, a food and drink marquee, chainsaw carvings by Garry Shand, a truck show, a vintage vehicles display, a lifestyles marquee, children’s face-painting, and cookery demonstrations in a food marquee.
Sunday’s programme of events will start with the judging of horse classes at 8.30am, followed by the judging of industrial and horticultural exhibits at 9.30am.
The judging of the overall horse championship will take place at noon, with showjumping in the horse ring at 1pm.
After a performance by a massed pipe band, runners will head to the start line for the charity challenge 10k race.
Meanwhile, performing some death-defying stunts will be The Squibb motorcycle crew, while the Drakes Of Hazard dog and duck display team will take a slightly less adrenaline-fuelled approach to keeping the crowds entertained.
Monday will feature the judging of haltered cross cattle at 8.30am; the judging of all other classes of cattle, sheep and horses at 9am; the judging of wool at 10am; the Young Farmers’ Club and open sheep shearing competition at 12.30pm, a pipe band performance at 12.50pm, the Squibb stunt team at 1pm; the beef cattle champion of champions at 1.40pm; the grand parade of cattle and horses at 2.40pm; the crop competition prize-giving at 3.30pm; pony club games at 4.15pm; and then a pipe band display to close the show.
The event will be open to the public from 8am-6pm on both days.