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 – updated 1 May 2020
Black Isle Farmers’ Society Directors and Secretary met virtually last night to discuss the possibility, in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, of running the 2020 Black Isle Show due to be held on Thursday 6th August at its permanent site at Mannsfield, Muir of Ord.
On behalf of the 9 strong board of Directors, President for 2020, Mrs Frieda Mckenzie said “our Directors were unanimous in the sad but inevitable decision to cancel the 2020 show.  As a Society we enjoy and relish staging such an important event for the Highlands but for this year with a most exceptional set of circumstances we have a responsibility to protect our exhibitors, traders, guests and the general public from such an unknown and devastating disease.”
Company Secretary, Rod Mackenzie, also said “this was a decision we could have taken 4 weeks ago but we always lived in the hope that the situation might have shown some improvement in that time.  My optimism was buoyed on by encouragement and enthusiasm from exhibitors, trade stand holders and regular attendees who set a huge emphasis on Black Isle Show as a shop window and trading platform for their goods, products and services.  Like every other year planning for the next year’s show never halts but instead of 12 months preparation there will be 15 months instead.  The date for the 2021 show is Thursday 5th August with the preview evening on Wednesday 4th August.