Early bird tickets on sale for Black Isle Show

TICKETS for the Black Isle Show are now on sale and this year’s event will boast more livestock, more music and more family fun than ever before.

The north’s biggest farming event, The Black Isle Show, now in its 181st year will take place on August 1st and 2nd at the Mannsfield Showground in Muir of Ord.

Back by popular demand are two events which were introduced last year – a charity tractor pulling extravaganza and the discovery area where visitors can learn how to milk a cow and watch a variety of traditional skills such as farriery demonstrations.

A great day out for all

Rod Mackenzie, the show’s secretary said that the committee have made some changes over the last few years to make the Black Isle Show a great day out for all.

Hundreds of animals are showcased at the farming event.

He said: “What we realise is that to make the Black Isle Show popular and appealing to everyone, we have had to up our game and come up with more ways to entice a wider audience. Clearly the show is very much about farming and we still have all the different classes and it’s very much a competition for the farming fraternity. However, to make the event sustainable we have had to diversify and introduce new attractions – often still with a farming theme, but that appeal to those who have little or no farming background at all.”

He added that the success and popularity of numerous farming-related shows such as This Farming Life have assisted with piquing people’s interest into farming: “It seems that farming is interesting to lots of people these days and by introducing hands-on activities at the show such as the discovery area, we hope we are giving people a chance to see, in a small way what farming is all about.”

More music

Music will also play a big part in this year’s event with bands and artistes playing all day in the bar marquee. Music will include a range of genres to suit all tastes and will include tribute performances from the Dolly Parton Experience and others.

Rod added: “There really is something for everyone at the Black Isle Show. One of the highlights this year will be monster trucks Big Pete and the Grim Reaper who will take to the main arena to wow the crowds and there will be the more traditional but ever-popular livestock parade, and vintage tractor show. We are also a platform for local food, drink and craft producers to showcase their products and there will be a huge variety of culinary delights on offer too. You can easily spend a whole day at the Black Isle Show.”

Tickets at an early-bird rate and registration forms for the tractor-pulling event can be obtained from www.blackisleshow.com.

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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.