The Drymen Show by Loch Lomond
One of the oldest Agricultural Shows in Scotland has made a stunning return this year.
Established in 1816 the Drymen Show has been an annual event usually on the last Saturday in May. The last two years' Covid problems caused cancellation but this year 2022 it is back in style - and by all accounts with a record turn-out.
The show is always scheduled for the last Saturday in May. Only major downpours have interrupted events.
On this year's return after two years attendees were not disappointed with the huge array of entertainments, competitions and sunshine on offer.
Entry by cash or card was speedy and a vast free parking area is provided. Souvenir programmes offered the chance to win prizes in the draw later in the afternoon.
A great array of craft tents, stalls selling local gin and whiskies, cakes, food outlets and many other wares align the entrance way to the event.
Cattle and Sheep
The judging of cattle and sheep takes place next to the main ring and commences not long after the show opens in the morning. There is a huge variety of sheep and some very fine highland cattle on show. Sheep shearing demonstration start later in the afternoon..
Teams of heavy horses were spectacular, drawing their drays around the main ring. It is so seldom one sees these magnificent animals at work.
The main ring was fully operational by lunchtime with displays of horsemanship, tractor pulling competitions, races, vintage car and tractor rallies, tug of war, fancy dress parades and the giving of prizes.
Other attractions are many. A stage with many musical performances is close to the main ring. A series of musicians performed in successions
For the young and energetic brigade there is a good funfair at one end or the site behind a good array of agricultural equipment supplier stalls. Occasional screams of excitement and terror drift across the informative commentary of the main ring.
Other tents include the local schools' art tent, pet tent and of course the beer tent,
The day's proceedings were rounded off with a tug of war and an Orcadian Strip the Willow.
On the return walk back from the show we took the public footpath from the south side of Drymen Bridge back to Appletree Cottage. (we'd gone down the railway path and through Croftamie Village on the way there) On the way we snapped this fantastic view of the distant Campsie hills with Dumgoyne's peak evident in centre frame.
All in all a great day out.