Orkney has an agricultural heritage dating back 5,000 years. It's an important part of the fabric of the islands and is maintained today by a thriving farming community. This is reflected in an industry that enjoys worldwide respect and celebrated when farmers get together and put on a show!
Agricultural shows across Orkney in August are a great family day out and a firm favourite with visitors. Apart from the chance to see prizewinning livestock, you're likely to be entertained by dog trials and show jumping. There will also be trade stands and food outlets - a great excuse to taste the best of Orkney's food and drink produce.
For the farming community, the County Show in Kirkwall is the big one. Attended by around 10,000 people each August, it is the culmination of the agricultural calendar and the prize that every farmer wants to win! Organised by the Orkney Agricultural Society, the show is taken very seriously by famers determined that their livestock achieve champion status. The award of prizes is a signal for celebrations to begin, or for others to drown their sorrows! And to round off County Show day, all eyes turn to the final of the Parish Cup football competition where passions run high!