Thousands of visitors attended this years Turriff Show, making it another record breaking year for the show which celebrated its 150th anniversary. This years show was also one of the signature events in Homecoming 2014.
A Met Office severe weather warning at the end of last week looked like it would dampen the show ground, but not the spirits of the organisers, exhibitors & public. Fortunately the forecasted storms dried up on Sunday morning and hardly an umbrella was seen all weekend. The show ground was wet underfoot in places but the volunteers did a fantastic job putting wood chips down in the worst of the puddles.
On Sunday crowds flocked to the show ground to view the trade stands, check out the winners in the Industrial Marquee, watch demonstrations and the events in the main ring.
Amongst the many stands and demonstrations, The Gordon Woodworkers were giving demonstrations of wood turning in their new show stand which was purchased with support from Dummuie Windfarm Huntly Ltd.
Alistair Bruce from Gordon Woodworkers said,
we are grateful for the support we’ve received from Dummuie Windfarm which has allowed us to buy this new marquee for when we attend shows and give demonstrations.
We’ve had a lot of people interested in what we do and if anyone would like to join our group they can look at our website for details of how to get in touch with us.
The catering stands, especially the ice cream vans were doing a roaring trade over both days, with almost continuous queues
On Monday The Queen arrived by helicopter to visit the show, landing at the Haughs shortly after 1100, a crowd of over 200 people had lined the road overlooking the Haughs to see the royal helicopter arrive and watch as the Royal party was driven the short way to the show ground in a fleet of Range Rovers.
Show visitor Nicky Donald from Inverurie came to the show with her 2 children and mother said,
we weren’t going to come to the show after seeing the weather reports but with it being so nice this morning we decided to come over to see if we could see the Queen.
The Queen met stand owners and members of the public during her informal tour of the show, before visiting the Homecoming Scotland marquee and the main show ring to present the Champion of Champions Award.
Well done to the Committee & Volunteers for a great show again this year.
The question is, after this years show and a royal visit from The Queen, how do you make next years show bigger and better?