Kirriemuir Show will have a line-up of all-female judges this year to celebrate the show having its first female chairman in more than 140 years of the association.

The show, being held at East Muirhead of Logie, Kirriemuir, today (Saturday) will feature women judging all show sections from sheep, cattle and horses through to machinery and handicrafts.

Shona Grant is in her second year as chair after joining the committee in 2010 and working her way up the ranks in the positions of junior vice-chair and vice-chair before taking the head role in March 2023.

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Show secretary, Holly Emslie, spoke of the decision for selecting this year’s judges. She said: “We had the discussion at a committee meeting and someone suggested having all women judge in 2024 to mark Shona becoming our first female chairman. We often have women judges but it is often still mainly men. We are delighted to be able to showcase the achievements of women across the whole show this year and not just in the stereotypical roles.”

They also held a Ladies’ Day last week as a fundraiser for the show. “We had 153 ladies in attendance at our Fizz and Frolics day,” said Ms Emslie. “The drinks reception was sponsored by Ogilvy Spirits, there was afternoon tea, music and dancing as well as a 360-photo booth sponsored by Willie Mills.

“Flora Design Studio sponsored the centrepieces and beautiful bouquet of flowers that were all raffled off. Although we are still waiting on final figures, we think we have raised a good amount of money to put towards the running of the show. I’d like to thank all the show directors and volunteers who helped to run the day – without them it wouldn’t have been possible.”

Ms Emslie highlighted the importance of fundraising to preserve the future of the show.

“Fundraising and sponsorship is vital in keeping the show alive, especially with the current costs always increasing, so we truly appreciate everyone who comes to support the events and the show as well as all of our brilliant sponsors.

“It was another great way to mark Shona’s achievements – she deserves the recognition as she has so much passion and commitment. It shines through.”