The Black Isle Farmers’ Society was formed at a meeting in Avoch on 22nd March 1836 and the first Black Isle Show was held at Fortrose on 6th October of the same year.

Black Isle Showground from the air

The Society exists to promote the Interests of Agriculture and meets regularly throughout the year. In addition, the Society holds its Presentation of Show Trophies in November, a Ploughing Match in February and as the main event of the year, The Annual Black Isle Show on the first Thursday in August.

To continue promoting our aims and objectives we are constantly improving the Showground and facilities to make it more “user friendly” and attractive to the admission paying public. The admission fees are wholly expended in helping us achieve our ongoing charitable objectives.

Permanent venue

From 1836 onwards, the Black Isle Show was held on various sites throughout the area on fields provided by farmer members. The Society acquired its own permanent Showground at Muir of Ord in 1955 and the first Show on the present site, now called Mannsfield, was held in 1957.

Mannsfield Showground was purchased outright by the Society in 2003, providing the opportunity to improve and upgrade facilities. This ongoing programme continues. In 2005 with the building of a Sheep Shearing Shed. The completion of the new toilet and shower block at the “Livestock End” of the showground just prior to the 2006 show proved its worth at an extremely busy show.

The 2007 Show saw the completion of a purpose built structure to house the popular “Food & Craft” stands. This building extends to 1100 square metres in floor area and has saved the Society a considerable amount in annual rental charges of marquees and temporary fittings. At the same time as this building was being constructed a new 3 phase electricity supply was installed throughout the Showfield making the Showfield more “user friendly” throughout the year. In 2007 & 2008 the main roadways and walkways have been tarred amounting to some 3,500 square metres. This programme of tarring was continued til the present date adding to the overall Show experience.

Office Bearers and Directors 2020

The Black Isle Farmers’ Society is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee and as such its Office Bearers are Directors of the Company.

  • President – Mrs Freida Mckenzie, Muirton, Munlochy
  • Vice-President – David Mckenzie, Balcraig, Balvullich, Muir of Ord
  • Junior Vice-President –  Tom Henderson, Udale, Poyntzfield
  • Past President – Donald MacLeod, Eathie Mains, Cromarty
  • Mrs Isobel McCallum, Belmaduthy, Munlochy
  • Donald Fraser, Dunain Mains, Inverness
  • Donna Mackenzie, Auchmore, Muir of Ord
  • Brian MacLeod, 3 Balnabeen, Easter Kinkell, Conon Bridge
  • Honorary Treasurer – Andrew Gammie, Croftcrunie, Tore
  • Secretary and Treasurer – Rod Mackenzie, Mannsfield, Muir of Ord, IV6 7RS.

There is also a General Committee of around sixty-five members who represent all the various livestock, flower show, craft, food, ring events/entertainment committees. The General Committee meets around six times in the course of a year.

There is no doubt that the smooth running of the Society, most especially on the day of the Black Isle Show, is the experience, knowledge and commitment of the many volunteers who are involved resulting in a homely and community event enjoyed by many, young and old, from near and far.

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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.