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We've welcomed many famous faces over the years...

Our next show: Wednesday, 2nd August 2017 : Bladnoch Park, Wigtown DG8 9AB

The older of the two remaining agricultural societies in the county, Wigtown Agricultural Society was founded in 1811 with the first show held in 1813. 

Although the present date for the show is always the first Wednesday in August, the 1813 show was held on a Friday and other shows have been held on a Tuesday, a Thursday and a Saturday. 

The venue also varied in the early years - for example, the 1862 show was held in Whithorn. 

Despite the outbreak of World War I, Wigtown Show was held between 1914 and 1917, raising £414 for the war effort. The Government then ordered that all local shows be cancelled for the remainder of the war.

1922 saw the first trade stands introduced together with classes for Friesian cattle. However, the only refreshments available were in the tea tent - the committee refused a caterer’s request for permission to sell beers and wines! 

By 1923, Clydesdales formed the largest of all sections when 33 filly foals were entered, but only three Ayrshire cows. 

In 1925, admission tickets were introduced. By 1939, changes in farming were reflected in smaller Clydesdale entries. Classes for Aberdeen Angus cattle were included, whilst Border Leicesters formed the strongest sheep classes. 

Changes in farming trends were reflected when the show resumed after the Second World War with a swing to dairy farming in south-west Scotland. This was reflected in a large entry of Ayrshire cattle. That year, native Galloways also came into their own and the new Blackface Sheep section proved successful beyond the hopes of sponsors of this category. 

Wigtown Show has also welcomed many famous celebrity guests of honour over the years including former Scotland Manager Ally McLeod in 1978, TV personality Isla St Clair in 1979, actress Diana Dors in 1981, former Dr Who and Worzel Gummidge, John Pertwee in 1982 and TV and radio personality, Noel Edmonds the following year. 

A new era dawned for the Society in 1992 when they relocated the show to its newly purchased, larger site;  Bladnoch Park, Wigtown.

The Wigtown Agricultural Society
Barbara Dickson at The Wigtown Show
Diana Dors at The Wigtown Show
Ed Stewart at The Wigtown Show

From left to right: Actress, Barbara Dickson at the show in 1985, Diana Dors at the show in 1981 and former Radio 1 DJ, Ed Stewart pictured at the show in 1977.

1982 Miss World at The Wigtown Show in the same year
Noel Edmunds at The Wigtown Show in 1983
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Pictured left: 1982 Miss World, Pillon Leon at the show that year and Noel Edmonds arriving at the show by helicopter in 1983.

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