162nd Angus Show to take place at Haughmuir

General shot of judging
General shot of judging

This year the main show will be held on Saturday, June 6, at Haughmuir, near Brechin.

The Angus Show offers a fun family day out, with a range of farming, outdoor and equestrian activities, displays and competitions.

“One of the many highlights of this year’s show will be The Puppet Gang, who are also appearing at the Edinburgh Festival this summer,” said Nici Smith, Angus Show Secretary.

“Other highlights include the qualifying rounds for the Blair Atholl Horse Trials, Edzell Off Road Club demonstrating their skills in the show’s main ring and tractor pulling contests on both Friday and Saturday evening.”

The show, which moved to Brechin in 1998, has a packed programme of events which, along with the usual stock judging classes, will provide a great day out for all the family.

The heavy horse classes are another draw with entrants competing for a variety of silverware including the Angus Challenge Cup for the best animal in the section and the Clydesdale Horse Society Shield awarded to the best yearling or two-year old colt or filly.

The light-horse classes will also take place on the main show day this year.

If the livestock isn’t your thing there are a large number of other attractions on the day including old favourites of Pony Club games, the grand stock parade and vintage vehicle parades in the ring too.

Another event sure to draw the crowds is the sheep shearing and wool rolling competition which is always popular as the participants pit their wits against each other as they quickly and skilfully divest the not always cooperative sheep of their woolly coats.

Judges from throughout Scotland will judge the many cattle, sheep, goat and horse sections with the young handlers category in the cattle section usually attracting a good number of entries and the young people taking part judged on their presentation of stock, knowledge and skill.

During the main show, there will also be a dog show, with entries accepted on the day.

Entries will also be accepted on the day for the Highland dancing competitions.

Once again, there will be a craft tent, with organisers expecting more crafters than last year.

The evening before the main show will see the tractor pulling event take place from 6 to 10 p.m.

Show organisers have also confirmed that Lang’s catering will provide the main catering and bar facilities, with a seating area available for the general public.

Ticket prices are adults £10, child/concession £5 and family tickets £25 (two adults and two children. Under-5s are free. Parking for the public is available in the field opposite the show field at a cost of £2 per car.

The date for next year’s show has been confirmed as Saturday, June 4, 2016.