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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:29
Scotland’s premier agricultural event – the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston Showground near Edinburgh – was uncharacteristically blessed with four days of brilliant sunshine in mid-June.
This huge, sprawling agricultural show attracted nearly 180,000 visitors, who enjoyed a dazzling array of tractors, food freebies, horsey goings-on, parades of pigs and stalls galore (I even found some hen earrings!)
The fine weather, while great for picnics, proved something of a trial for livestock owners trying to prevent their charges from wilting, especially in the oppressive heat of the poultry tent on the fourth day.
Nevertheless, visitors to the tent were treated to some spectacular entries of fancy poultry and waterfowl breeds, excellent examples of more utilitarian fowl and a brilliantly imaginative junior fancy dress egg display.
Best in Show went to Hazel Dickson’s silver-laced Wyandotte female, while J Cuthbert’s black Orpington won Best Soft-Feathered Heavy Breed and Rory Innes’ Scots Grey male scooped Best Soft Feather Light Breed.