ISLE OF BARRA
Barra and Vatersay Island Produce Show
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The Fifth Barra and Vatersay Island Produce Show On the 3rd September the Fifth Annual Island Produce Show was held in Castlebay Community Hall.  The biggest show of talent and produce on Barra and Vatersay so far… by miles! A staggering 206 people of all ages took part (nearly 20% of the population) and the best bit is that 154 of them were under 18 years of age.  In total there were 678 exhibits, 55% more than last year. There were 135 exhibits in the Garden Section including chunky carrots, perfect peas and fantastic flowers.  The new stand-alone Baking Section had 105 exhibits including a perfectly detailed lifeboat in the decorated cake class.  The Craft Section had 77 exhibits including knitting, handbags and the most unusual collage and the Crofting and Fishing section had 94 exhibits including wonderful wellies, creative items made from rope and a whole array of photos.  The young people really worked hard with 267 exhibits for the judge to make decisions over.  The judges Mary Thomas, Eleanor Robertson, Christine Knox, Bill and Patricia Blacker, Abigail Treffry, Tor and Pam Justad and the Rev Bill and Isobel Patterson had a difficult job deciding on the prize- winners. A new perpetual trophy was presented this year to the show by the Dewar Family in memory of Katie Dewar – the Katie Dewar Baking Award.  The show was honoured to accept such a beautiful trophy. This year there was one clear Points Champion and winner of the MacNeil and Mrs MacNeil of Barra Shield; Marion MacNeil won it for the second year running with 1100 points.  Runner-up was Sarah MacLean with 770 points.  Chris Denehy (700pts) narrowly missed the runner-up rosette but we are sure he will be back next year with vigour. This year the best exhibit in each open section and the Best in the Show winners were:- Garden: Katie MacNeil for her floral table arrangement, Baking: Merian MacNeil for the second year running, this time with a sponge, Craft: Jacqui McIntosh for her hand stitched picture, Croft and Fishing: Chris Denehy for his item made from rope.  Overall winner of the Best Exhibit in Show and winner of the Rose Bowl kindly donated by Hector MacNeil Coaches was Jacqui McIntosh for her beautiful butterfly picture. There were so many talented youngsters taking part not only in the Children’s Section but in the open sections too.  A special thank you must go to their teachers and other people who inspired and encouraged them to take part.  The Junior Awards, sponsored by Cothrom Ltd, were presented to:- Garden – Annie MacNeil, Baking – Norma Ferguson, Craft – Skye Brannigan, Crofting and Fishing – Skye Brannigan.  The adults better watch out as very soon these young ones will be winning all the trophies. Residents and visitors were queuing up outside to get into see all the wonderful exhibits and who had won the prizes.  It was fantastic to see all the local produce and examples of hand crafts in the same place and we should all be very proud of what we as an island produce.  Cooperative Membership was there with their Smoothie Cycle and it was a great added attraction to the day.  People were queuing up to make their own smoothies with pedal power. Barra and Vatersay Island Produce Show Website
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