Echt show will shine, no matter the weather

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No matter the weather, the Echt Show will be taking place on the second weekend of July.

The fun begins on Friday 13th July with a variety evening - which promises to be a night to remember. Raising the roof or in this case the canvas will be a live performance from their very own Youtube stars singing their now famous Echt Show Song Find a date.

With over 17,000 hits and rising on Youtube, a mention in Scottish Parliament and Ken Bruce from Radio 2 forwarding the Youtube link to his twitter followers the music video is an outstanding success which the committee and supports are very proud of. Many of the previous winners of the “Echt Factor” are also performing.

Tickets are £7 for adults and £2 for children and can be purchased from the Echt Shop or Dunecht Shop/Garage.

On Saturday 14th July come rain or shine the 159th Echt Show will open its gates for another full day of entertainment for all the family.

The Show field in the normally sleepy village of Echt comes alive early with judging of the cattle, sheep and horses starting at 8.45am.

Competitions are varied with WRI, handcrafts, fancy dress, highland dancing and sheep shearing. The many attractions include trade stands, a fun fair, food fair and children’s activities.

In the main arena thrilling events such as the heavies, vintage tractors, pipeband, mobile pagent and the main event Blazing Saddles galloping into the arena at 1.00pm and again at 3.15pm are guaranteed to keep everyone amused.

Paul Smith’s Sausage competition has traditionally been open to farm shops and butchers within a 40-mile radius of the showfield but it has been extended nationwide to mark the shows 160th anniversary year.

The Sausages will be cooked off at the field and not only do the team of judges then taste them but visitors to the show will also have the opportunity to try them.

The Echt Show’s Youtube song stars will be drawing the crowds this time in the Tug O’ War which starts at 2.30pm. Other stars making their first appearance at the show are the Project Woolly lambs.

The five, now not so small, lambs from each of the local primary schools will be outside the Industrial Tent for everyone to come and meet.

Midmar, Echt, Cluny, Skene and Dunecht Primary School pupils have worked hard to put together displays for the Industrial Tent to show what they have learnt while looking after their lambs.

The Sheep Shearing competition which can be entered on the day commences at 1.15pm with competitors coming from far and wide to show off their skills.

The unaffiliated show jumping competition can also be entered on the day. Classes range from Mini-Minimum (50cms) (head rein assisted), Minimum (60cms), Novice (70cms), Intermediate (80cms) to the Open Class 90cms maximum. Prize money (1st to 4th), association rosettes and special rosettes are up for grabs in all classes. The start time will not be before 1pm.

For all the dog lovers coming to the show there are five pedigree classes and no less than fifteen novelty classes.

These range from dog with the waggiest tail to best six legs, so from scruffs to Crufts there is without a doubt a class to suit every one of our four legged friends.

The traditional Marquee Dance kicks off at 9.00pm, tickets do not need to be purchased in advance and it is sure to be a grand finish to what promises to be a day to remember.

Entry to the show is free for primary age children, with parking in the field next door also free. For more information please go to www.echtshow.co.uk.