This year, the Main Ring entertainment will be Pig Racing! Come and cheer them on as they race around the ring, following the food!
Watch the farriers in action. See them make and fit shoes, amid the smoke and noise of the temporary forge, along with commentary by Jim Balfour, the Scottish Farriers Team manager. Nearby you’ll find a sheep shearing demonstration as well as a display on heavy horse decorated harness.
Come to the Main Ring to watch the Champion of Champions judging, kindly sponsored by Quaker, 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 will be there 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. St Andrews Botanic Garden will have fun activities for you to take part in as well as loads of interesting information about poos and pellets! Visit the area dedicated to geology and leanr more about rocks and fossils in Fife. You’ll also find some very interesting creatures from Animal Man in the marquee – these might range from reptiles to rabbits – pop along and meet them! Watch how wool is spun and learn more about Fife’s countryside from Fife Coast & Countryside Trust.
Near this tent you can see animals on the Rare Breeds list as well as alpacas from the local Bowbridge Alpacas herd.
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.
The Pet Competition takes place in a marquee in the Second Field near 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 11.30a.m and 1p.m. Judging will start at 2p.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. In 2023 we also have a stickmaking competition to add to the demonstrations for you to watch.
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, including Police Scotland and Scottish Fire & Rescue so pop over to have a lcose look at the fire vehicle. Nearby there will be an 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.
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.
Sadly there will be no Poultry at the Show this year but Egg classes will still take place in a marquee in the Second Field, alongside the Home Produce competitions, where you can see entries of baking and crafts from all ages as well as a wide variety of Craft stands from “Made in Fife”.
The Craft Tent and the Food & Drink tent, sponsored by Kettle Produce, showcase the best of pproducts and produce from local, artisan vendors. The Cookery Theatre, run by the chefs of Elmwood College and sponsored by Branston, will have displays on throughout the day, including a demo on how to use seaweed.
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.