Thursday, November 14, 2019
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The fields around Dunvegan School came alive today - abuzz with activities, entertainments and competitions.

The dreariness of the weather was countered by the exciting diversity of the Show, including various competitions, the dog show, bubble football, archery, free pony trekking and displays from the Isle of Skye Youth Pipe Band and Skye's first samba band.

From one o'clock, the Isle of Skye Youth Pipe Band entertained the crowds with the rousing beat of the drums and skirl of the bagpipes.  

A major draw for dog-lovers was the dog show, with prizes being awarded for the dog with the Waggiest Tail, Most Appealing Eyes and Best Party Trick.  

During the dog show, the extremely life-like War Horse puppet was marched around the field.  Operated by three people, the puppet moved with the grace of an actual horse, amazing the crowds.  

Inside the tents, various local businesses displayed their wares or raised money for charities, including Domestic Abuse Support Services for Ross-shire, Skye and Lochalsh, Macmillan Cancer Support, Dion Skye Addiction Supporter and British Divers Marine Life Rescue.  


Inga's Sweet Treats looked almost too good to eat as she displayed them in one of the marquees.  

Michelle of Indigo Berry had a lavish stall full of her bespoke creations.  

Competitions for horticulture, flower arranging, home produce. art, photography and handicrafts were judged in the main school building.  Creativity from adults and children was abundant in the various entries!

A range of delicious-scented baking tantalised everyone's tastebuds.  The competition was divided into various categories, including one for children.  

After working up an appetite viewing the delicious produce, many enjoyed the refreshments available at the barbecue.

In the children's art competition, Tim Nicolson entered an intriguing collage of a guitar with a background of sheet music in the 8-and-under category.  

Inside the Wool Tent could be found a hand crank shearing machine (dated 1904-1906) donated by Richard and Anne Salter.  Also on display were various fleeces, as well as designs from Skye Weavers, SkyeSkyns and the Hebridean Alpaca Company.  

The archery provided an opportunity for some friendly competition, as well as learning new skills.  

Archive photographs were on display and visitors to the Show were asked to help identify various unknown subjects in the photographs, currently stored in the Archive Centre in Portree.  

This year, visitors to the show saw something historic - Skye's first Samba band!

The 2016 Dunvegan Show was a spectacular display of diverse local talents - and a great day out!  

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