Kids encouraged to get crafty for Black Isle Show

Kids are being encouraged to get involved in the Black Isle Show’s open flower event.

There are six ways youngsters can get involved in the contest at the show which this year takes place on August 2 and 3.

Young crafters can have fun decorating a plastic bottle, creating a mini terrarium or modelling garden furniture out of twigs.

There is also the chance to get involved in photography, make a model chicken or create a card to celebrate the fact that the show is now in its 180th year.


All entries to the contest receive a rosette and there are cash prizes and trophies also up for grabs.

Fiona MacKintosh who has organised the Annual Open Flower Show for the last 14 years explained: “Children and young people are a huge part of the Black Isle Show which is why we make sure that every year there are a wide variety of classes for them to enter. It’s a lot of fun and we look forward to seeing the creations. Each year, the young people who enter put such a huge amount of effort into the items that they make.”

New to this year’s show is a new junior craft section which has been included following demand from competitors last year as Fiona explained: “We had feedback last year that there wasn’t a specific craft category for young teens, so this year we have created one. Entrants in this need to be aged between 12 and 16 years old and there are two classes. They can make a miniature terrarium and there is also the option to make a card to celebrate the 180th Black Isle Show.”

Fiona added: “We also want our competition to be inclusive so the ‘decorate a plastic bottle’, ‘make garden furniture’ and ‘make a model of a chicken’ classes can be entered by anyone with learning difficulties no matter what their age.”

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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.