The Drymen Show
In 1816 the Strathendrick Agricultural Society had an idea for an agricultural show. Little did they realise that the event would be going strong 200+ years later. The show takes place on the last Saturday in May each year and is the longest running agricultural show in Scotland. It is also one of the largest one day rural events.
8,000 people visit the show each year, a mix of locals and people who travel to it from throughout Scotland. Beyond the many typical agricultural displays and competitions there are many other attractions and exhibitors.
Featured here are some photographs of the Drymen Show that we have captured over the last 10 years, including the 2019 show.
Main Show Ring
Here are some photographs from the main show ring and the judging competitions.
All of the local schools submit work from their pupils to be displayed in the schools tent. Primary school children compete with their classmates to see which of their poems, stories or art will be entered for the themed competitions . Whilst the judges are busy choosing the winning entries the children can usually be found at the fair ground rides, football tournaments or much loved pet tent.
With such a rich heritage the show also features agricultural equipment from years gone by, with vintage tractors and other classic items.
Food, Drink & Music
There is of course a beer tent, plus the sound of pipers and live bands. Look out for the Great Drymen Bake Off!!
And there’s more!
The best view of the show ground (and nearby Loch Lomond) is from the helicopter rides.
Visiting The Drymen Show
The event has a website and Facebook page where you will find more information. The Drymen Show Ground is located just outside of the village on the A811 at Drymen Bridge, there is parking available. You can get to the show by foot with a 10-minute walk from the village. Just use the pathway that starts opposite the Buchanan Arms Hotel in the village. (Note prices shown in the picture below are for 2019).
If you're planning on eating in the village in the evening, or staying overnight do book early as this is a very popular weekend, not just because of the show but for walkers.
For many locals this is a must-do event. It is extremely rare for an event to run for over 200 years so it must be good! The show is great fun, very family orientated and packed full of entertainment.
This article and accompanying photographs are by Paul Saunders for See Loch Lomond. Visit Paul’s other websites, Paul Saunders Marketing & Paul Saunders Photography, for his marketing, photography & video services in Loch Lomond and beyond.
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