The tNFU team are quick of the mark inn 2017 and won the overall competition

Fit folk wanted to flex their muscles for charity tractor pull

The tNFU team are quick of the mark inn 2017 and won the overall competition
The NFU team were quick of the mark in 2017 and won the overall competition.

 

The Black Isle Show is once again throwing down the gauntlet to teams of five to flex their muscles in support of their favourite charity.

Organisers will stump up £2500 for this year’s tractor-pull event which sees teams competing to pull a 1950s Massey Ferguson over a set course of 100m.

Secretary Rod Mackenzie said: “We introduced the fundraising event last year which was a great spectacle in the main showground on the Wednesday Evening Preview. The crowds loved it and the money is well-spent, because each team has to nominate a good cause with the winner taking the largest slice of the prize fund.”

“Last year ten teams battled it out and the NFU were the victors donating their prize money to Breast Cancer and RSABI (Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution). We can take up to 16 teams and everyone gets a prize, so the more people who come forward, the more local groups will benefit.

“We want to get the entries up to sixteen teams this year, as the more we have, the more fun it is for the crowds. So if anyone thinks they can pull our Fergie for less than two minutes, they could end up with a nice pot of cash for their favourite charity or good cause.”

The Black Isle Show preview evening is on Wednesday 1 August and the main show is on Thursday 2 August, with tickets held at 2017 prices.

Rod added: “We’re holding the event on the preview evening on Wednesday, and we have four tractors, so we pitch four teams against each other in each heat. That leaves four finalists.

“Those that are left in the final deserve every penny they get.”

Teams consist of four pullers and one ‘driver’ who must be in fancy dress. The closing date is 15 July and entry forms can be found on the website at www.blackisleshow.com/fergie

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Coronavirus

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.