Excitement building over this summer's 2024 Perth Show

-Credit: (Image: handout/UGC)
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Perth Show’s new chairman has pulled together a top team to help deliver this year’s two-day agricultural extravaganza.

And agronomist David Barclay is looking to the weather gods to play their part in ensuring a sell-out event at Perth’s South Inch on Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3.

“We’ve had our challenges with bad weather keeping people at home in the past,” said David.

“But hopefully the sun will shine this year and bring the crowds flocking to what promises to be one of the biggest and best agricultural shows in Scotland.”

David (37), who works with UK-wide agronomy service provider AGRII, comes from a farming background and his association with Perth Show dates back 16 years when he first moved to the area from Berwickshire.

He joined the board in 2012 and has seen every aspect of the organisation and delivery of the annual event since.

In 2023 he accepted the role of vice chairman when Jen Leslie took up the post of secretary, leaving the position vacant.

“It’s been a rapid ascent,” he jokes, “but I’m looking forward to my year at the helm.

“Every Perth Show is exciting,” he said. “It’s a fantastic and unique event. An agricultural show of this size staged in the heart of a city is something you won’t see anywhere else.

“To be chairman and head up the team that is responsible for delivering the 2024 event is such an honour. Hugely challenging, but such a privilege.”

David is quick to recognise the value of teamwork in organising and delivering Perth’s premier public event this summer.

“Perth Show has always been about teamwork and the 162nd event will be no different,” said David.

“Organising the two-day spectacle is a mammoth task and only possible with the support of a vast team of volunteers and supporters who ensure Perth Show meets the standard expected from one of the top agricultural events in the country.”

To that end, David has the immediate support of his “top team” in the form of his vice chairman and Perth Show stalwart Phil Murrie, junior vice chairman Jock Wilkie of Netherton Equestrian and secretary, primary teacher Jen Leslie.

“That team is supported by an army of fellow volunteers and office bearers who give freely and willingly of their time and expertise to support the show,” acknowledged David, “and every single one of them is pivotal to its success.”

This year’s chairman is keen to build on the diversity of attractions that has seen Perth Show evolve from an annual gathering of the region’s farming community to a spectacular day out for the general public as well.

“Perth Show has now as much to offer families as it does farmers,” said David. “It’s not just about a day out for farmers.

“In addition to the traditional livestock classes and equestrian offering, there are entertainments, sideshows, stalls and demonstrations aimed at providing something for everyone – no matter what age you are.”

Over 1,000 livestock and equestrian entries are expected to go on show this year with crowd pleasers including adorable donkeys, awesome heavy horses, charismatic highland cattle and first-time special breed sheep.

“But Perth Show is so much more than just animals,” stressed David. “Part of our challenge is tapping into what the public want to see and then delivering it for them.”

For 2024, that type of public entertainment will include favourites such as pony club games, kids’ races, a dedicated dog show, a creatures hunt, animal weight guessing, pipe band performances, bale throwing, tug-o-war competition, farrier and falconry displays, food and drink festival, driven and ridden heavy horse spectacles and a galaxy of stalls and sideshows.

“Perth Show appeals to an increasingly diverse audience,” said David.

“Through entertaining skills demonstrations, educational activities, entertainments and agricultural-related activities, people can get a real feel for how farming works and an understanding of how their food is produced and their countryside cared for.

“Perth Show is an interesting and fun way for everyone to learn about farming and join the local agricultural community in celebrating the very best.”