Online event promised as Perth Show organisers focus on building on the success of last year's virtual event
Perth Show organisers have promised an online feast of farming and fun as they take the decision to cancel the two-day agricultural showcase on the South Inch for a second year in the wake of Covid restrictions.
Now the focus will be on creating an exciting online celebration of the best in the farming sector, both in Perthshire and beyond.
Livestock judging and agricultural showcasing will take place in an online Perth Show on Saturday, August 7. And organisers are urging the agricultural community to get behind plans to bring a taste of the country into people's homes via the virtual platforms.
Perthshire Agricultural Society Chairman Mark Mitchell said it was "hugely disappointing" to announce the cancellation of the 2021 Perth Show, but stressed they were now focussed on building on the success of last year's virtual event.
“Given the amount of hard work, planning and commitment that goes into organising the two-day event in Perth, cancelling the 2021 show is the last thing we wanted to do," he said. "But, in light of the government guidance, we believe this to be the correct course of action as the safety of all involved is our utmost priority."
Last year's virtual Perth Show attracted over 240 entries in general sections and Mark is hopeful that support will allow individual classes to be staged and judged this year - just like the real thing.
"The idea will be to create a showcase livestock event as close to the real thing as possible," said Mark. "Farmers enjoy competing and are proud of their show-ready animals so we want to give them a platform to display them to others - albeit virtually.
"We're also keen to see what the youngsters have been up to during lockdown so will host Young Handler classes to get them involved as well.
"The agriculture sector hasn't stood still during the pandemic," added Mark. "Far from it. Farmers have been working flat out to keep the country fed and our crops and livestock tended and cared for.
"It's been a busy and challenging time for everyone and we just want to put a bit of fun and competitive edge back into things with our virtual Perth Show."
Mark said that while plans were at an early stage, they hoped to involve as many of the Perth Show staples as possible in the virtual line up, including foodies' favourite Perthshire On A Plate and trade stand exhibitors.
“I would like to thank everyone who, once again, put a huge amount of effort into preparing for this year’s show," said Mark. "The focus is now on making sure we provide Perth with a virtual show to compare with the physical event."