The South Harris Agricultural Show yet again saw hundreds of islanders and visitors flock to Leverburgh on Tuesday 29th July.
The Show was opened by the usual procession from Leverburgh Village Hall, to the school, incorporating local pipers; the main attraction Jez Avery on his stunt quad; vintage tractors, and Assocition members.
The opening speech was given by Dingwall Auction Marts Auctioneer, Kenny MacKenzie. Through his time at the marts both in Stornoway and Dingwall, Kenny has got to know many a crofter from Lewis and Harris, and therefore the Association felt that it was only fitting that he should be asked to open this year’s Show - on the year of his retirement.
There were two marquees this year, as well as spaces inside the school for local craftspeople who were selling their wares. These places were booked up months in advance of the Show, and this aspect is getting busier and busier every year.
The main attraction was Jez Avery and his crazy stunt show. This was Jez’s first time in the Western Isles; he loved every minute of it and so did the crowd. There were also displays from regular attractions Bubbles the Clown, Chainsaw Pete and The Drakes of Hazard, who now come back for more South Harris Show fun year on year.
New for 2014 was a display from Police Scotland’s dog, Ollie the Collie. Ollie is based in Stornoway and is the only dog in the UK which has the capability to detect drugs and find missing persons. The crowd were amazed by his skills, especially when he managed to pick out ‘baddie’ association member Donald MacLennan... who was swiftly escorted off the show ground by two police officers! Thankfully for Donald, Ollie informed him afterwards that his selection for arrest was just for demonstration purposes only, and he was then released!
The dance in the evening was a resounding success, and this has proved to be an annual occurrence, with people coming from all over to be entertained by the fantastic Tosh and Tonkan.
Speaking from the event Chairman Kenny Macleod said: “The weather is a bit poor but it hasn’t affected the attendance. Everyone treats this as their main holiday for coming home now so everyone comes home for this specific week cause they know the Show is on and they know they will see people they haven’t seen in years.”
The South Harris Agricultural Association would like to thank everyone who was involved in making their day such a success.