Slideshow - It’s show time on the West Side machair

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Last Friday afternoon it was the turn of the West Side, in the Islands’ summer calendar, to put on a good show at their agricultural event.

The backdrop for this display of livestock, produce, stalls, fun and competition was the Barvas machair and plenty of people turned out to enjoy the day.

Grey skies looked heavy with rain, but the weather held out for the start of the proceedings, as Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Convener, Norman A. MacDonald did the honours and formally opened the event.

In welcoming the audience to the opening of the 2014 show he recalled his own support of one of the first events, saying he had the important task of being in charge of the bouncy castle!

On a more serious note he added how important it was that people support such events, as this also helps to support the croft work that goes on in the communities.

He finished by congratulate the work of the committee in organising the event, adding: “It takes at least a year to organise a show, there is no time off for the committee, so please give them a round of applause for their work.

“Thanks also to those who brought livestock and produced exhibits for today.”

There was lots to see and do for visitors to this year’s event with exhibits ranging from the arts, floral displays, crafts, produce and baking to livestock competitions, piping, riding and a West Side Agricultural Show 5k run to contend.

As ever the event proved a popular day out for young and old alike and if the numbers making their way to Barvas machair are anything to go by this year’s event proved as popular as ever.