This year’s much anticipated Carloway Show takes place on Wednesday, August 6th at Carloway School, with the gates opening at 1pm.
The show is being opened this year by Mr Gordon Maclennan, Renfrew, Chief Executive, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. Both of Mr MacLennan’s parents were from Dalmore, and he and his family come to stay at the family home as often as they can.
Like many other Glasgow Highlanders and Carloway exiles, Gordon has fond memories of shows in the past when the highlight of their summer holiday was the Carloway Show on the first Wednesday of August.
The show has managed to sustain its friendly and homely atmosphere throughout the years, and is still seen as the most important annual event in the area.
The various classes and sections continue to attract a large number of high quality entries, with the baking, vegetable and flowers sections being particularly popular. Outside on the showground, there will be the usual livestock competitions, including classes for cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and poultry.
The heavy events at Carloway are still some of the most competitive in the islands, and it’s not unusual to see records being broken in events such as weight-over-bar and shot putting.
Children can participate in various sports and can test their mettle in the tug-o-war. Prizes in the piping competitions have seen a significant increase in recent years, and there will be an opportunity to hear playing of a very high standard.
Continuing to increase in popularity, is the Dog Show with prizes in sections such as Best Puppy, Happiest Dog and Best in Show.
Details of all sections and events are to be found in the show catalogue which can be picked up for free from the usual shop outlets, or from committee members.
As well as the official events, there will be several charity, commercial and information stalls, adding a further interest to the day.
The show dance starts at 11pm in the Community Centre, with music by Skippinish – entrance is £10.