New for 2018 – 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. All sheets with correctly answered questions will be entered into a draw for a prize.
Want to see the Royal Wedding but don’t want to miss the Show? Come to the Show and see all the Wedding action on our big screen, near the Food Court area, then stroll round the corner for all the Main Ring action.
Come and see the 2017 World Champion Scottish Farrier Team 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 Team manager.
Pony Club Games will provide great entertainment in the Main Ring in the afternoon, after the Champion of Champions judging, kindly sponsored by Walker Snack Foods, and the Grand Livestock Parade which is kindly 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 and Fife Bat Group make welcome returns to the tent while Branston will
have activities involving potatoes for you to take part in. At set times throughout the day, stories will be told by Sheila Kinninmonth of Hame Spun Tales.
The Dundee Science Centre makes its first visit to the Show and will cover subjects such as The Body and Space with loads of hands on activities.
This tent will also host animals on the Rare Breeds list and, just outside, you can meet alpacas from the local Claddach Farm herd.
Got a camera with you? Why not enter our free Photography competition – your photo must be taken at Fife Show 2017 but can be serious or fun. Three age groups – 11yrs old and under; 12 – 17yrs; 18yrs and over. Ages as on Show day. Pick up an entry form from the Organiser’s tent by the Main Ring. Prizes have been generously donated by Cairnie Fruit Farm, Cluny Activities and the Kingarroch Inn Gastropub.
The Pet Competition takes place in the marquee in the Second Field by the public entrance – open to guinea pigs, rabbits, cats or any other type of pet you can safely bring along! Entries are taken on Show day, in the marquee, between 9-10.30a.m. and judging starts at 11a.m. The Dog Show takes place in the Game Fair arena, with entries taken in the tent there between 11a.m and 1.30p.m. Judging will start at 2.15p.m. There are classes for pedigree dogs as well as fun classes.
At the Game Fair area, kindly sponsored by CKD Galbraith you will be entertained by a variety of animals and activities:
Come and have a flutter – ferret racing with the Scottish Ferret Club. An opportunity to pet a ferret 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.
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 Development Board.
Let your dog have a go at the scurry – on between 11a.m & 3p.m
Watch a demonstration of a working Highland pony in Scandinavian logging harness and learn of the breed’s versatility, heritage and aptitude.
In the Game Fair tent we have representatives from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, 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.
The dogs and ducks that make up the Drakes of Hazard will be performing in the Game Fair arena in the morning and in the Main Ring in the afternoon. Check the timetable for all approximate display times.
In the Second Showfield, you will find the Cupar Bowmen – offering advice and instruction for anyone who’d like to have a go at archery. Alongside them will be 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, Cheshire or Edinburgh, you now have the chance to do so
Also on the Showground you’ll find the Safer Communities Team covering all aspects from wildlife crime to why it’s important to wear a seat belt! Have a look inside the Scots DG armoured vehicle and talk to their representatives.
The heart of this traditional, agricultural Show remains in the Main Ring, with showing classes for cattle, sheep and heavy horses taking place from 8.30a.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. 2018 provides another first for Fife Show, a HOYS Showjumping qualifier, so come to the top of the showfield to watch some serious jumping.
The Main Ring is also the place to see and hear the Pipes & Drums of the Cupar & District Pipe Band, a parade of Fife Foxhounds and a magnificent parade of Vintage machinery and vehicles – why not visit the Fife Vintage Agricultural Machinery Club tent and vote for your favourite? 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!
Poultry and Home Produce competitions are held 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”, in the dedicated marquees. 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.
Trade stands selling everything from agricultural machinery to jewellery are spread throughout the Showground – check out the map 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.