Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Sun Came Out and the Crowds Came Out

Show & Sports Report
by The Raptor 

The sun arrived on cue for the annual Kilchoan Show & Sports day, and this in turn brought one of the biggest turn outs for the local event. The only casualty of the day was the bouncy castle which unfortunately never made it, the vehicle bringing it sprung a leaky tyre near Oban and had to be towed home. But local hero Kayleigh MacGillivray stepped in and kept around 30 children entertained with fun, games and a bit of physical excercise, much to the delight of many parents who were then freed up to have a leisurely walk around the stalls and make a visit to the ice cream van without children in tow.

The sheep show in the morning was well attended....

....with the usual array of events being fiercely competed for by our local farmers and crofters....

....and a fine display they made (the sheep not the crofters).

The baking and local produce competitions were so well attended that Rosie, our compère for the day, made an announcement that there would be a bigger tent next year for the competitors to display their wares.

The heavy events also took place in a friendly but competitive way and the results were a close run thing.

The food stall seemed to have one of those never ending queues of people staving off the hunger of the day, which then lead to the bar to get themselves a refreshing drink to stave of the thirst of an ever warming day.

The children's races were as usual well represented and competed for with more vigour than the adult heavy events, with the many races being fought for in a very sporting manner. The hill races took place at the height of the heat of a warm summer's day and again was taken seriously by all the competitors....

....including Grace Roberts who at the young age of 76 was the oldest competitor and finished the race looking as fresh as when she started, an inspiration to us all.

The last event of the day as usual was the tug of war, and once again....

....the events were competed for in great humour with an edge of seriousness by all who took part in the three events.

Prize giving was well attended and all winners and runners-up were greeted with a well deserved round of applause, bring a very successful day to a close. A great big thanks to everyone who attended, competed and helped the day go without a hitch. We look forward to next year with anticipation.

Many thanks to The Raptor for pictures & story.

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