Show Must Go On
Once again Bruce Stevenson was delighted to sponsor and attend Turriff Show in August of this year. The Show is the biggest two-day agricultural gathering in Scotland and a chance for our company to renew old acquaintances and forge new ones.
Turriff Show is a hugely important annual event in the north east of Scotland with a long history dating back a century and a half to a time when Queen Victoria was on the throne, Abraham Lincoln was the US President and Pavel Gagarin was head of the Russian Empire.
The first show was an ‘Agricultural meeting and General Show of Livestock, Implements of Husbandry and Dairy Produce’ held on Tuesday 26th July 1864, at what was called the Market Stance, Turriff. The 2019 Show was the 155th Year of the Show. In 1924 The Show moved to its current venue at The Haughs which is an ideal setting just outside the town centre.
Visitors of all ages attend the Show every year from babies in pushchairs right up to grandparents. Overall weekend numbers are typically around 30,000 attendees. The Show involves a very diverse range of activities and events including Livestock Showing, Dog Show, Show Jumpers, Vintage and Classic Vehicles, Highland Dancing and a variety of trade stand exhibitors, specialising in varying areas of agriculture, machinery, renewables, motor vehicles, financial services including insurance, crafts and retail.
Turriff Show is very important to the local community, with many people using it as an annual meeting place. It brings in many visitors to Turriff and the surrounding area, boosting the local economy and generating a spike in tourist numbers. From a Bruce Stevenson perspective, it is an important day for us locally providing an opportunity to meet and greet existing customers and offering an opportunity to engage with prospect clients too.
The 2019 Show welcomed the Bleu du Maine National Sheep Show for the very first time and exhibitors from the length and breadth of the country competed. The Food and Drink Marquee was expanded to showcase the very best of the tremendous local produce Aberdeenshire has to offer and also included a cookery theatre with demonstrations by an experienced chef.
With over 300 trade stands it is not hard to see why the Show is such an important date in the local calendar and, Bruce Stevenson, as a local community Broker, were pleased to support the event once again. Discover more about the specialist insurance services we offer the agriculture industry.
By Ian Bremner, Account Executive and Turriff Office Manager
Photography supplied by kind courtesy of Morag Martin, ceamaraphotography.com