• More Prizes at the Crofters’ Show

    by  • 21 September 2008 • Entertainments, History, Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    From the Highland News, 30 August 1913; we’ve already had the fundraising concert and the domestic prizes:

    The West Uig and Bernera Crofters’ Show was held at Lochcroistean School on Wednesday the 20th August, under most favourable auspices, the day being sunny and warm and in every way pleasant for the great concourse of people who had assembled to witness the splended display of stock and work brought together. The judging commenced at noon, and th judges had an arduous task in awarding the prizes. This was particularly so in the three year old heifer section, which was an outstanding feature of the show, and whose beauty and true Highalnd characteristics were generally commented on. The show was opened by Dr Farquhar Macrae, from London, a noted physician and a native of the district. Dr Macrae, having oepned the show in a felicitous and appropriate speech, asked Mrs Mackenzie, Garynahine Hotel, to hand the prizes to the successful competitors. Mrs Mackenzie, in her usual pleasant and graceful manner, then presented the prizes as follows:

    Horses
    1. Alex Mackenzie Aird Uig
    2. Angus Smith Valtos
    3. Donald Macaulay Islivig
    4. Alex Macaulay Cliff

    Highland Cows
    1. John Macdonald Geshader
    2. Donald Maclennan Cliff
    3. Wm Macrae Miavaig
    4. Malcolm Macleod Crowlista

    Three-Year-Old Heifers
    1. Angus Morrison Kneep
    2. Norman Macdonald Crowlista
    3. Murdo Maciver Kneep
    4. Angus Macritchie Geshader

    Two-Year-Old Heifers
    1. Wm Macrae Miavaig
    2. Murdo Maclean Aird Uig
    3. Angus Macleod Crowlista
    4. Mrs Kate Macaulay Cliff

    Special prizes, given by the Board of Agriculture for best heifers in milk or in calf
    1. Kenneth Maclean Valtos
    2. Norman Macdonald Crowlista
    3. Donald Maclean Islivig

    Also judged were blackface rams, ewes and lambs, poultry and eggs. Mrs Maclean Gisla swept the board with her hens and cocks.  The Highland News continues:

    After the distribution of prizes the assemblage was addressed by Mr WA Ross, solicitor, Stornoway, County Councillor for the district, in a speech which contained much good advice on the raising and breeding of stock. Mr Ranald Macdonald, headmaster, Carloway, who has always taken an interest in the West Uig and Bernera Show, and who took the initiative step in getting a show started in West Uig, also addressed the meeting. The Rev Alex Macrae, and English Presbyterian clergyman and native of West Uig, also spoke in a happy and humorous style. Much praise is due to the ladies of the show committee and their friends for the capable manner in which they conducted the refreshment department. A centre of attraction at the show was the College of Agriculture demonstration stand, presided over by Mr Colin Macdonald of the Northern College of Agriculture and Mr Beaton of the Board of Agriculture, and other gentlemen visitors.

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