The Stewartry Show Returns With A Bang!

After a two-year pause, the Stewartry Agricultural Show returned on 4 th August 2022, for its 74th year. More than 2,000 people attended on a day of good weather, family fun, livestock & homecrafts, exhibitors and entertainment.

The show is organised by the Stewartry Agricultural Society. The committee were delighted to be back, and with how the show went. Sam Hutton, the Stewartry Agricultural Society President, said:

“The whole Show Committee, Convenors, Attending Members and Supporters of the Show were delighted with the day. We were blessed with good weather and entries across the various classes, with turnouts for the Cattle, Sheep and Horse sections, as well as the Crook Making, Floral Art and Homecrafts. Well done to all who contributed and participated in the day, as well as all the volunteers from the community, including the Stewartry Sea Cadets, who were in charge of a busy car park! The backing of the Galloway Glens has provided the energy, confidence and support the Show needed to springboard back into action after so long.”

The show was supported and sponsored by a range of local organisations, with Wallets Marts as lead sponsor. This year’s show was also being supported by the Galloway Glens Scheme, an initiative of Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Environment Team.

The Galloway Glens family activity tent included peat bund stuffing, bone identification, bug hunts and the phenomenally popular ‘dry’ curling set. McNabb Laurie, Galloway Glens Team leader, said:

“It has been eye-opening to see just a bit of the work that goes on behind the scenes to put on a show like this, both on the day but in the weeks beforehand. The committee took all challenges in their stride and from the outside appeared supremely calm and in control!

The Galloway Glens Scheme has been able to contribute funds towards this year’s show as part of our efforts to support Galloway’s response to Covid-19. Shows like this are a vital part of our local heritage and definitely still have a part to play in the 21 st century. Many thanks to all of our partners that joined us in our tent on the day, it felt really good to be at the Stewartry Show in person again.

We are only able to support events like this due to the vision of the Council’s Environment Team in designing a scheme like ours and the financial support we receive from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.”

Volunteers are always sought to help with next year’s show! If you can help the committee, either on the day or beforehand, please do get in touch on [email protected].

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