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Bitter sweet weekend for Dumfries Show organiser

This weekend is one of the also one of busiest of the year for Dumfries, with the annual agricultural show now underway.

Around 14,000 people are expected to visit the livestock, horses and trade stands.

This year will be bitter sweet for Show Secretary Esther Bickett, who is retiring after nearly a quarter a century in charge. Lori Carnochan reports.

Dumfries show prepares for thousands

Nearly 15,000 people are expected to attend the Dumfries and Lockerbie Agricultural Show, which takes place today and tomorrow.

Horses and riders have already been in action at the Park Farm Showground, with hundreds of livestock competitions, trade stands and displays scheduled for tomorrow.

The show is the last one for secretary Esther Bicket, who's retiring after 23 years in charge. She's now handing over the reins to her daughter.


14,000 expected at Dumfries Show

14,000 are expected to visit the show this weekend Credit: ITV News Border

Around 14,000 people are expected to visit the Dumfries and Lockerbie Agricultural show this weekend.

The event which is now in it's 53rd year is one of the busiest weekends on the farming calendar with entries coming from all across the UK.

Trade and goods stands will be at the event, as well as 400 horses Credit: ITV News Border

The show-jumping and horse and pong showing classes are already underway, with 400 horse and riders taking part over Friday and Saturday.

More than 600 sheep and 200 cows will arrive on Saturday for the livestock shows, as well as pigs, goats and poultry.

The family friendly show also has hundreds of trade stands and good and drink stalls.

Final preparations underway for Dumfries Show

Final preparations are underway ahead of this weekend's Dumfries Agricultural Show Credit: ITV News Border

Tomorrow marks the start of the annual Dumfries Agricultural Show.

As well as being a family day out, the event showcases the best of Dumfriesshire's stock and farmers.

This year will also be the last for one of the show's organisers - as chairwoman Esther Bicket is set to retire after almost 25 years.