Organisers of the 158th Turriff Show will welcome Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal to the highly anticipated event when it returns after two years on Sunday and Monday, July 31 and August 1, respectively.

Alan Gaul, president of Turriff District Agricultural Association and the show said they were 'absolutely thrilled' to welcome the Princess Royal to the show and maintain its close Royal connections after HM The Queen visited the show in 2014.

“It will be a great honour to welcome and accompany The Princess Royal during her visit which is a special year for both the show and the Royal family in this Platinum Jubilee year.

“We are also excited about the prospect of welcoming exhibitors and the public back to the Turriff Show after a two-year absence and I’m sure businesses are equally looking forward to returning to an event which is a shop window for the very best of agriculture, food producers and country life in the North-east of Scotland.”

The Princess Royal will attend the second day of the show, on August 1, which will include viewing leading livestock entries, including the National Highland Cattle Show, which is expected to include cattle from The Queen’s famous Balmoral fold.

“Princess Anne is a great advocate for a vibrant and progressive farming sector which underpins a thriving rural economy and way of life. We feel very fortunate that Her Royal Highness has agreed to support the show and her presence will only add to the standing and reputation of this leading Scottish farming show as we celebrate 158 years since our formation,” added Mr Gaul.

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As part of her tour of the showground, the Princess Royal will meet members of the Turriff District Agricultural Association; sponsors, including main sponsor for this year, local family business, Bridgend Aggregates; exhibitors; and visitors to get a real flavour for the renowned North-east event. She will also present the prestigious champion of champions award in the Main Ring after the grand parade.

Turriff Show is a historic and major farming event which has grown and evolved over the years to become Scotland’s largest two-day show. It is expected to attract around 28,000 visitors this summer.

From the traditional competitive classes of cattle, sheep, and horses, through to arts and crafts, the shopping mall, Old MacDonald’s InFARMation stand and variety of Main Ring entertainment.

The event also features the return of the EQ Food and Drink Pavilion, sponsored by EQ Chartered Accountants, which will showcase some of the best produce from farmers, growers and makers throughout Aberdeenshire and wider Scotland, including local farming family businesses, Louise’s Farm Kitchen, and Summerhouse Drinks.

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Over the course of the two days, there will be cookery demonstrations sponsored by Quality Meat Scotland with Scotland’s National Chef, Gary McLean and local chef, Craig Wilson, known better as the 'Kilted Chef' on hand to cook up some tasty food samples for the crowd to enjoy. The dishes will include ingredients from local businesses exhibiting within the tent.

Ticket prices for the public to attend Turriff Show on both days will be discounted until July 28 and can be booked online. Tickets can be purchased on both days at the gate with cash, or card payments received.

SHOW facts:

* Turriff Show is a registered charity, first established in 1864 and is now the biggest two-day agricultural show in Scotland, attracting 28,000 visitors annually

* The event offers over £88,000 worth of prize money and has more than 1500 livestock classes

* This year the show will host the National Highland Cattle Society Show

* Main Sponsor for 2022 Turriff Show is local family run business, Bridgend Aggregates, which produces and supplies high quality ready-mix concrete as well as crushed rock in a variety of grades from their two quarries near King Edward.

* The Food and Drink Pavilion which was established in 2019 will be sponsored by EQ Chartered Accountants. The investment is a significant development for the event and has been undertaken to showcase the best of the region’s farming, food and drink, as well as encouraging tourism and was developed following feedback from 2018’s visitors’ survey.