Team DGWGO were kindly invited along to the Wigtown Show 2014 to see what it was all about .

R.B Was very excited to be invited along to the Wigtown Show 2014 as Press this year for the first time , the show  is South West Scotland’s oldest agricultural show. The first Wigtown Show was held in 1813 201 years ago , The was Society formed in 1811, and the celebrated their bicentenary in 2011.  ! It is now held annually on the first Wednesday of August. 

After a Very wet Evening last night ( Tuesday the 5th of August) It looked like the show might get muddy  but as the Show committee posted on their facebook page today , Miracles can happen! They stated ”  After torrential rain during the night, someone turned off the tap at Bladnoch Park at 6.30am and by the time the judging started the sun was shining! The dark clouds passed over us and we had a beautiful dry, warm, sunny day. We sincerely thank everyone who came to the show, all the judges, livestock exhibitors, trade exhibitors, stewards & volunteers. It was a great day. A huge thank you to everyone who supported us – roll on Wigtown Show 2015 – 5th August – mark it in your diary now! “

With a Massive Programme of events planned for the day including all the usual Livestock , Judging , showing , Horse jumping , Young farmers events , trade stands , craft and lifestyle tent , Food hall, Beer tent and poultry tent to name just a few , there was also big entertainment for all the family in the main ring and all around the show field , including ‘The Cumberland Giants’ huge wrestlers; “Mighty Mick” (the people’s favourite) and “Terrible Ted” (the nasty one!) were joined by “Handy Andy” for this fast-moving, action-packed, comedy wrestling show , plus this year for the first time there was ‘Heavy Horse Driving ‘ in the main arena ,a new competition for 2014. we  Watched these magnificent horses and their skilled handlers manoeuvre their stud carts around the main ring. They were an amazing sight to see and we have photos below if you missed it .

One of the highlights for Team DGWGO though was ‘The Sheep Show  This was  a fantastic attraction making its first ever trip from Norfolk to South West Scotland. The Sheep Show was “Edu-tainment” at its very best and the committee were very   excited to have it at Wigtown Show this year .  A Huge crowd watched as they were presented with  fascinating information about sheep and the various breeds but it’s superb entertainment too – the commentary was brilliant and at the end of the show the sheep even danced which was a real treat to see . I haven’t had sheep on the farm for many years (DGWGO HQ) , and in all the years we did farm sheep , I never saw them dancing once !

I am ashamed to admit , although in my misspent youth I attended Wigtown show dance every year , and always loved it fantastic atmosphere and fun , Today was the first time I have attended the actual show . I was blown away with how large it was , how well attended by the Public , and the entries of all categories from crafts to cows .  The Show had a really good family friendly vibe , everyone was happy and enjoying everything that was happening around them . the show really did offer something for everyone from large fun fair rides for the young and crazy of us , to more sedate activities for the less active . There was plenty to buy and spend your pennies on if you wished to , or you could sit by the main arena with a picnic and just enjoy the show  and folk passing by around you . That’s the Beauty of these agricultural shows , they really are chance for Town and country to come together and to enjoy everything D&G has to offer as a region , whether your local to D&G , or visiting the area  , DGWGO can not recommend enough that you visit your Nearest Show and soak up the atmosphere and friendliness of it all . 


DGWGO Would like to congratulate The Vance Family on winning Champion of Champions at the show with 20 month old Belgian Blue Cross ‘Betty Boop’ Alister and Elizabeth Vance, Bridgehouse farm, Sorbie were overjoyed with the placing and award . The Champion of Champions award  was judged by Graham Allan this year , no easy task for anyone .

Reserve Champion went to Robert Templeton of  Carslae, Wigtown for his Charollais gimmer. We will be bringing you the rest of the results on DGWGO from the show once they are released .



The Wigtown show is run by the dedicated committee of Wigtown Agricultural Society and is supported by many sponsors, members and exhibitors. Find out more at their website on http://www.wigtownshow.org.uk/

We Hope you Enjoy our Photos of everything that was happening around the showfield today , Copyright R.B Photography


All Pictures Copyright R.B Photography for DGWGO Use , if you wish to use any of the pictures please contact [email protected]

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