Follow our Showground Trail. Aimed mainly at Under 12’s, this is open to all and will take you around the showfields, with questions to answer along the way about food, farming and agriculture. Collect a map, showing the location of our new information signs, from the Main Entrance Gates, the Organiser’s tent at the Main Ring or from the Kids Countryside Tent then answer questions as you work your way around the trail. When you have completed the sheet, hand it in to the Organiser’s tent where Under 12’s can collect their “Fife Explorer’s” badge and goodie bag. All sheets with correctly answered questions will be entered into a draw for a prize.
Come and see the farriers in action. See them make and fit shoes, amid the smoke and noise of the temporary forge, along with commentary by NAF Five Star Profeet Farrier of the Year 2017, Jim Balfour, the Scottish Farriers Team manager. Nearby you’ll find Cammy frm “The Sheep Game” demonstrating shearing sheep – check the timetable for display times.
Come to the Main Ring to watch the Champion of Champions judging, kindly sponsored by Walker Snack Foods, and the Grand Livestock Parade , sponsored by Kingdom Carpets.
The Kids Countryside Marquee will have a variety of interesting and fun activities for all ages to take part in. The Fife Beekeepers Association make a welcome return to the tent while Branston will
have activities involving potatoes for you to take part in and you may be able to see SuperSpud, their mascot. At set times throughout the day, stories will be told by Sheila Kinninmonth of Hame Spun Tales. The Scottish Wildlife Trust will have fun activities for you to take part in as well as loads of interesting information. Visit the area dedicated to geology and leanr more about rocks and fossils in Fife. You’ll also find some very Cool Creatures in the marquee – ranging from reptiles to rabbits – pop along and meet them!
Near this tent you can see animals on the Rare Breeds list as well as alpacas from the local Bowbridge Alpacas herd.
The Pet Competition takes place in a marquee in the Second Field by the public entrance – open to guinea pigs, rabbits or any other type of pet you can safely bring along! Entries are taken on Show day, in the marquee, between 9.15-10.30a.m. and judging starts at 11a.m. The Dog Show takes place in the Game Fair arena, with entries taken in the Secretary’s tent at the Main Ring between 11.15a.m and 12.45p.m. Judging will start at 1.45p.m. There are classes for pedigree dogs as well as fun classes.
At the Game Fair area you will be entertained by a variety of animals and activities:
Come and guess who will win – ferret racing with the Scottish Ferret Club. An opportunity to pet a ferret (Covid restrictions permitting) and learn all about these wonderful, dual purpose working and pet animals.
Charlie Thorburn of Mordor Gundogs will provide hints and tips on how to train your dog, be it a family pet or a working dog. Check the timetable for display times.
Majestic birds of prey from Raptor World will be on show in this area – watch the flying display as they soar above the Showground.
Ever wanted to have a go at fly fishing? You can here, with some expert instruction from the Angling Scotland.
Let your dog have a go at the scurry – on between 11a.m & 3p.m
In the Game Fair tent we have representatives from the Fife Red Squirrel Group and the Scottish Deer Centre on hand to answer questions and show how you can help these species survive and thrive.
Near the bridge to the Second Field you will find the Cupar Bowmen – offering advice and instruction for anyone who’d like to have a go at archery. In the Second Showfield you’ll find the Black Boar Swordsmanship team – the sword has a central place in European, British and indeed Scots history and the study of its use was sophisticated, scientific and deadly effective. Swordsmanship was a highly-prized art. Black Boar Swordsmanship offers you the chance to learn these very same arts. This martial art is exciting, energetic and skilful, but also rooted in our martial heritage. So if the chance to hold a sabre or smallsword and learn how to use it properly is something you have an interest in and you live in Fife you now have the chance to do so.
Also inthe Second Field you’ll find the Safer Communities Team covering all aspects from wildlife crime to fire fighting! Nearby there will be a armoured vehicle from the Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry as well as a stand from the 105 Regt RA 212 (Highland) Battery. The RAF Air Cadets will be demonstrating what they do for younger members while Rotary in Fife will cater for the more mature visitor.
The heart of this traditional, agricultural Show remains in the Main Ring, with showing classes for cattle, sheep and heavy horses taking place from 8a.m and rounding off the day with the Young Farmers Tug O’ War. The light horse area, with six rings in addition to the Showjumping ring, provides the opportunity to watch a multitude of In-hand, flat ridden and jumping classes for all breeds, sizes and types of horses and ponies. Come to the top of the showfield to watch some serious jumping as riders try to qualify for the Royal Highland Show. Once the showing classes are completed in the morning, check out the afternoon’s entertainment on the timetable to make sure you don’t miss anything!
The Main Ring is also the place to see and hear the Pipes & Drums of the Cupar & District Pipe Band and a magnificent parade of Vintage machinery and vehicles. This year, as the Show celebrates its 200th anniversary, the Parade will depict farming in Fife over the last two centuries. Starting with hand help implements, moving through horsepower and vintage machinery up to the giant machines you see today.
Visit the Time Tunnel and see more on the history of the Show and of farming in Fife with information, photos and displays of spinning and stickmaking amongst other things.
Do you have the stamina to join in an Orcadian Strip the Willow (weather permitting) in the Main Ring in late afternoon?
Sadly there will be no Poultry at the Show this year but Egg classes will still take place in the big marquee near the public entrance in the Second Field, alongside a wide variety of Craft stands, from near and far, including many from “Made in Fife”. The Food & Drink tent, sponsored by Kettle Produce, showcases the best of produce from local, artisan vendors. The Cookery Theatre, run by the chefs and staff of Elmwood College and sponsored by Branston, will have displays on throughout the day, with various guest chefs.
The Home Produce competitions will take place in the Young Farmers tent, in the Main Showfield, and will have entries of baking and crafts from all ages. The Young Farmers tent is also the place to enter the “Pitching the Sheaf” competition or to have a go at “Guess the Weight of the Bullock“. Entries for each will cost £2, with fabulous prizes on offer, and all proceeds going to local charities.
Trade stands selling everything from agricultural machinery to jewellery are spread throughout the Showground – check out the map or the Catalogue to see who is where, then shop till you drop.
Once you’ve wandered the Showground and built up an appetite, choose from a variety of catering outlets selling tasty, mostly local, produce and eat under cover at our new Food Court area.
See the Timetable for what’s on and when here.