Banchory set for a show spectacular

Banchory showground in full swing. Photograph: Deeside Agricultural Association
Banchory showground in full swing. Photograph: Deeside Agricultural Association

Organisers of the ever-popular Banchory Show are praying the scorching summer will continue until at least this weekend.

The 198th show will be held at the King George V Park on Saturday with thousands expected to attend.

Gates open at 9am with a full programme of agricultural events and family entertainment throughout the day.

Cattle, sheep and horse entries are all on a par with last year.

Show secretary Ernie Christie told the Piper: “The numbers are all pretty good

“They are much the same as last year, which we expected, so we are happy with that.

“The show is very much along similar lines, although we have a few new trade stands this year.”

One of the highlights of the day will be a display of Monster Trucks at separate slots in the afternoon.

It is also hoped to get some teams together for zorb, or bubble, football to add to the fun. Other traditional features will be the parade of livestock around the arena followed by a good entry of vintage tractors.

Mr Christie has a long connection with show and is a past president, but this is his first year in the role of secretary.

He admitted: “It’s been good but incredibly busy.

“There is a huge amount of organisation involved but to be fair, it’s probably not a word that some people thought I might use, but I have found it enjoyable.”