To say the weather was unkind to Fettercairn Farmers Club’s 181st annual show is an understatement.
Indeed, the result sheets were still being dried out in committee members homes on Monday!
As the old saying goes, the show must go on and it certainly did – despite the deluge at East Bridge End Park.
Secretary Jayne McLellan (25), of Laurencekirk, thanked everyone for turning up.
She said: “The weather really couldn’t have been worse, with the first big downpour at the 9am judging.
“All the cattle and sheep entries turned up but some of the horses didn’t; we ploughed on though!
“The public did come through the gates, in the morning and afternoon, when it cleared up.
“However, we couldn’t do the grand parade of livestock as it was too slippy under foot – it was too much of a risk.”
The Mearns Vintage Vehicle Club joined forces with the show.Some 200 vehicles were on display and pulled in the crowds.
However, the weather halted another main ring attraction.
“There was supposed to be a drive through in the main ring,” explained Jayne, “but the ground was churned up enough so that had to be cancelled.”
But the wet weather didn’t deter this year’s main attraction – the Quack Commandos.
“They were a big hit with adults and children alike,” said Jayne. “It’s a great display team and the rain didn’t bother the ducks or collie!”
Howe O’ The Mearns Pipe Band members wrapped up for the occasion to ensure they could entertain the crowds.
But Mearns Young Farmers Club members, who worked hard all day in the main car park, were another weather casualty.
For the rope making team, who won the Milltimber Sports tournament this year for the first time since 1997, were unable to show off their skills.
This year’s annual show dance, though, was a big success and attracted a large crowd on Saturday night.
Thanking everyone for their support, Jayne said: “The weather really let us all down but it was a good day, regardless.
“I’d like to thank the public and judges for coming along and braving everything that the weather threw at them.
“I’d also like to praise our 30-strong committee who soldiered on with the show and did a lot of hard work to pull it off.
“Thanks also to Mearns Vintage Vehicle Club, Ms Kate Somervell and all our sponsors – their continued support is very much appreciated.”
Committee members will meet at the end of the month to start planning for next year’s show when, fingers crossed, the sun will appear!