Ayr show moves to one-day event

Ayr County Show is to change to a one-day event after disappointing Friday attendances at the previously two-day event.

The decision was made at the annual general meeting of The Ayrshire Agricultural Association was held on Tuesday 12th November where a large turnout of members was present.

It was reported that the management committee had looked at various options over the last few months.

The format of the show will change to a one day event on Saturday 10th May 2014. The venue remains The Racecourse, Ayr. The only exception will be Working Hunters classes held on the Friday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the committee said: “This has not been an easy decision as nobody likes change but the future of Ayr County Show is important and circumstances have to be faced.

“Most livestock exhibitors and many trade exhibitors expressed a preference for a one day event and attendances on the Friday over the past couple of years have been disappointing. Therefore, change has become inevitable.

“Judging of all sections will begin earlier on show day in an increased number of rings giving more for spectators to see. The full array of dairy and beef cattle, sheep, Clydesdale horses, poultry, young farmers events and showjumping will create a vibrant atmosphere for all to enjoy on the one day.

“Ayr County Show is and always has been a major part of Ayrshire’s calendar and brings much business to the local area which is an important factor.

“The committee hope that continued support will allow the event to grow into the future after this major restructure.”