ECHT Show organisers want to include a display of old photographs, trophies and memories of bygone shows at this year’s event and are appealing for local contributions.
This year’s show - the 159th- is on July 14 and Mhairi Morriss said they are keen to hear from local people.
“We have gathered a great deal of information about the local shows, especially Echt, but we still looking for more. Are you a past Echt Show Queen or Princess? Did you meet the love of your life at the Show? Is the trophy in the cupboard under the stairs from the show?. Do you have any old family photos from past years or could you possible help putting names to faces on the photos we have? If you think you have any information please get in touch.”
Echt Show is believed to have started out as a horse fair at the market stance behind the village pub (Echt Tandoori) in the 1830’s. Echt Agricultural Association then held ploughing matches and Seed and Root Shows in the 1850’s.
The first livestock show was held in 1853 at the Market Stance.
A Hortus Department, (flowers and vegetables) was included, as was poultry and Dairy Produce.
The Echt, Skene and Midmar Agricultural Association was formed in 1864 and eighty enthusiastic volunteers are still organising the Echt Show and Sports today.
Shows or fundraising events have been held almost every year since. During the two wars gala days were held to raise money for the Scottish Agricultural Red Cross Funds. The Pleasure Park at Echt became home to the Show in 1934 when the first Lady Cowdray presented six acres of land behind the School as a site, but the show moved a bit further to the east in the last few years.
If you have any old photographs or information, contact Sheena Roger on 01330 860276 or www.echtshow.co.uk, or face book Echt Show