There’s another big weekend for Barra and Vatersay with the annual Island Produce Show this Saturday (September 1st) at Vatersay Community Hall.
The show is designed to display the best of island skills and productivity, encouraging participation, community involvement, the learning of new skills and passing skills down through the generations.
Now run by Beairteas Bharraigh, a new organisation launched in December 2016 to merge Barra and Vatersay Agricultural and Horticultural Association and Barra and Vatersay Island Produce Show.
Beairteas Bharraigh means Wealth of Barra and the show really does showcase the best of island people, skills, land, local food and resources. Classes include opportunities for everyone from pre-school children to the most senior islanders to demonstrate what they’re good at, with croft and garden produce, sea catches, crafts and baking and some categories exclusive to the islands – like beachcombing finds and the furthest travelled piece of litter found on the island!
Cherishing traditional skills is shown in all kinds of ways – there are competitions for the best hand-writing, with prescribed pieces in English and Gaelic, and traditional croft crafts, rope-tying and items made with finds from the shore all having their place.
As well as places and rosettes avaiulable in all classes, there are three big supreme trophies. The Macneil and Mrs Macneil of Barra Champion Shield is awarded to the person with the most points overall while the Mrs Nancy Macneil of Barra Junior Champion Trophy goes to the person under 18 with the most points.
The coveted Best In Show trophy, named for Hector MacNeil Coaches, is awarded to one of four exhibits selected by judges from the garden, baking, craft and croft and fishing sections, with these four exhibits competing for the trophy.
Doors to the show open at 2pm and there will be teas sold by and in aid of Vatersay Community Association. Prizegiving at 3pm will be followed by a sale and raffle of many of the exhibits.
Organisers said: “The annual show is the biggest all-inclusive event in the island calendar and a wonderful showcase for all the local talent - young and old. A great afternoon celebrating local talent!”
Pictures show the 2017 garden produce winners and trophies and rosettes ready to be presented.