Black Isle Show goes pocket-sized with smartphone app

Black Isle Show launches new smartphone app
Show secretary Rod Mackenzie and honorary president Alasdair Cameron, test the new app ahead of the show.

The largest agricultural show in the north of Scotland will also become the smartest this year as it launches a dedicated app for downloading onto smartphones.

The Black Isle Show, which is held at the Mannsfield Showground near Muir of Ord on the first Thursday in August every year, commissioned the app which will debut at this year’s event on 31 July and 1 August and is thought to be the first event of its type in Scotland to have a smartphone companion. 

Proving age is no barrier to technology, the 182-year-old event will provide up to the minute news and alerts, a full programme listing, a showground map, frequently asked questions and a list of trade stands.

Secretary Rod Mackenzie said: “The Black Isle Show has a long history, but that doesn’t mean it’s set in its ways. The show element is a staple of the agricultural community, but it’s also a bustling family event, and there’s a lot going on. We want to make sure no-one misses anything.

“More than 80% of the population carry smartphones and we thought creating an app would be a great way to keep people informed on the day of what’s going on, and provide easy access to information for the thousands of people who descend on the show.

“The PA system we use is ideal for commentary in the main ring, but it doesn’t stretch around the whole park. The app allows us to provide up-to-the-minute accurate information for visitors.

“It will allow us to post current information about times and locations, and send alerts to visitors to highlight key events, such as the main attraction which this year is Broke FMX, a motorcycle stunt team.”

The app is free of charge and is available now on iOS and Android by searching for ‘Black Isle Show’.

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NOTICE – issued 20 MARCH 2020

Black Isle Farmers’ Society is closely monitoring this evolving situation. 

We are exactly 20 weeks away from the 2020 Black Isle Show.

We are approaching this situation with a positive and proactive attitude, whilst remaining realistic. 

To this end we are going ahead with the job of organising the Black Isle Show, as many tasks need to be done timeously and in advance unless there is advice or rules not to.

We have contacted contractors to enquire if they can still supply their goods/service and specifically their terms of engagement relating to cancellation.

We are receiving trade stand applications daily and encourage those who haven’t already replied to do so by 31st March as usual.  If we have to cancel trade stand holders will be offered a refund or a credit for 2021 with the amount paid for this year fixed with no increase.

We will keep all concerned up to date as the situation develops.

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”

Rod Mackenzie