Last week I managed partially to take in the Lorn Show, held down at Tralee Beach in Benderloch.
Me and Mum headed off to the show about 2 o’clock and went firstly for a wee wander round the stalls. I wasn’t exactly sure how they’d manage to set everything out, as it seemed to me like quite a compact space for all that needed to be there, but I have to say the organisers managed it beautifully.
They had all the usual sort of bouncy castle style things for the kids (although given half a chance I would have had a go; it looked so fun) as well as tombola stalls, food stalls and craft stalls, not forgetting, of course, the main events – the animal competitions, ranging from sheep and cows to dogs.
They had the token ‘Bonny baby’ competition and smaller events, like adults and children’s cake baking and knitting. I didn’t realise the baking and such was on, so I’ll need to remember for next year and enter myself.
I wandered round the stalls first with Mum, buying some lovely veggie burgers and strawberries with cream as we went, courtesy of the Oban Mountain Rescue – and had a look to see what we wanted and needed.
We picked up some crabcakes, samphire and salmon fillets, from Feochan Mhor Smokehouse (aka Willie Fish) as well as some tasty jam from Paradise Kitchen, based in Seil. Yum.
We had a look round the competition fields, and everything appeared to be going swimmingly. It was a gorgeous sunny day and lots of people had turned out, which was superb.
We finished the day by taking part in the Argyll Animal Aid tombola, where we won a candle, beer for dad, a few cans of juice and a teddy. I have never won a soft toy in a tombola before, so I was quite sadly, very excited.
It was a gorgeous day all in all and everyone I spoke to seemed to be having just as fantastic a time as we were. Roll on next year.
Ellis Cameron, Young in Argyll correspondent
Photographs accompanying this article are by Ellis Cameron