Keith Show set to make long awaited return this summer
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THE Keith Show is set to make its long awaited return this summer after a two year absence.
Taking place over two days on August 7 and August 8, the show will return with a packed programme of events as well as a variety of stalls and local activities.
That includes horses, cattle and sheep of all classes taking centre stage in the main ring before a champion of champions is crowned on Monday, August 8.
A variety of trade stands, food stalls and a craft fair will also be present over the two day event while the popular sheep shearing contest will also be making its return.
A massed pipe band display will welcome the show back while a new music stage and beer tent are fresh additions to this year's show.
Further ring entertainment will also include sheep dog trials, a truck show, a vintage parade, a pets parade and children's races - ensuring that there is something of interest for everyone.
For Keith Show chairwoman Angela McWilliam, it was vital that the event returned this year.
"It was crucial to make sure the show returned but we're very excited that it is," Ms McWilliam said.
"The committee have worked very hard to make sure it can return this year so we're hopeful of a really good turnout and some great weather for it as well because that could make a big difference to our cash flow.
"We also have the ladies day kicking us off on the Friday night and the marquee dance on the Saturday night so there is plenty to do and see.
"We've had a good response so far from people who all seem very excited to see the show's return as well so let's hope locals come along in their numbers because these events need that support now more than ever."
Booking marquees, grand stands and caterers has been challenging for organisers this year as local businesses contend with the long term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, despite the difficulties, prices for the show will remain the same this year despite an increase in costs.
"We know how families have been hit by coronavirus so we've been mindful to keep costs down for them coming along," Ms McWilliam added.
"It's been tricky though. Some things have fallen by the wayside just through lack of volunteer help.
"We still have a few spaces to book for a few trade stands so the amount that will come along remains to be seen.
"There has been so much generosity as well through with companies sponsoring events.
"We're just hoping to see locals return to the show in their numbers."
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