Published: 07/08/2017 18:07 - Updated: 07/08/2017 18:32

Keith Show attracts thousands through gates


Judges look over the top entries before deciding upon this year's overall inter-breed champion.
Judges look over the top entries before deciding upon this year's overall inter-breed sheep champion at Keith Show.
GREAT weather, coupled with top livestock and entertainment, combined to draw a big crowd to Keith Show today.


After around 7500 members of the public came through the gates yesterday for the show’s family day, a further 5000 arrived today for the livestock judging and array of other attractions. 

Show chairman Neil Smith told The Scot: "It’s been absolutely tremendous. It’s the best show there has been for years. 

"The weather has made it great. We have had two days of tremendous weather and the entries have been really good and the atmosphere has been tremendous. 

"Everybody’s spirits are high and it makes a difference. The tents are full of people as well. 

"We have had a good entry of trade stands as well. It’s been a really popular year for us. 

"It started off with a big marquee dance on Saturday night, which dancing from Paul Kelly and his band. It is one of the best crowds we have had in many years." 

Sheep and cattle were at the forefront, with an array of classes before the grand parade, during which they were joined by the horses. 

There was also the Scottish Beef Supreme Cattle Championship, which featured the winners of the breed championships at other Scottish agricultural shows in 2017. 

"This is the champions of champions, and it is the best of Scotland. There’s no other shows get this," Mr Smith added. 

Some of the highlights of the 145th Keith Show yesterday included motorcycle stunt displays, vintage machinery and horses.

As well as the livestock judging today, there was a sheep-shearing competition, pipe band displays and a further performance by the Jamie Squibb motorcycle stunt riders.

For the full story and pictures from this year's show, see this Friday's Northern Scot print edition.

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