The 10th Annual Barra and Vatersay Produce Show was held in Castlebay Community Hall on September 3 with 210 entrants of all ages from an island population of around 1100. 

The show has come a long way since Mary Ann Ferguson, Karen MacLean and Sarah MacLean decided to hold the first one in 2007. 

There has not only been a great show of local talent and produce every year but, through the Show, Barra Bunting and Croitear Og were also started and developed. 

This year there was a wonderful display from gardens, crofts and handmade items. 

Sarah Maclean said: “There was a wealth of entries and the judges had a hard time picking the best.  Many thanks to them all not only in 2016 but all the judges we have had throughout our 10 years.  It is not easy!

“This year we had three special Croitear Og competitions: Sunflower, Tea towel design and keyring.  The Winners: Calum MacNeil, Meadow Beaton and Rebecca Aitchison each received a colourful Croitear Og rosette. 

“This year there were two ladies that shone.  Motag MacIntryre won the Points Champion and winner of the MacNeil and Mrs MacNeil of Barra Shield; Barratlantic Cup, Katie Dewar Baking Bowl and the Co-chomunn Bharraidh Salver and Joanna MacNeil won the Junior points competition and Sarah’s Office Quaich. 

“As always there is a Best in Section for all the open sections and the Winners this year were Baking Section: Alexander MacLean for his Wholesome Muffins, Craft Section: Ronnie MacNeil for his Calmac Fleet, Croft & Fishing Section: Ellie Denehy for her vegetable sculpture and for the Veg Section and winner of Best in Show: Helen MacKinnon for her Kale. 
“There were so many talented youngsters taking part not only in the Children’s Section but in the open sections too. 

“A special thank you must go to their teachers and other people who inspired and encouraged them to take part not only for this year but also for the previous nine years. 

“One of the great things about the show is that is it a family event in which everyone can take part.  There was a great number of people who came along in the afternoon to see the exhibits and enjoy tea and cakes made by Barra & Vatersay Coastal Rowing Club. “
The organisers say that thanks must go to the following:

To all our sponsors over the past 10 years:- Lews Castle College, Cothrom Ltd, Cooperative Membership, Mrs Nancy MacNeil for the Points Champion, Hector MacNeil Coaches for the Best in Show, Scottish Co-op Castlebay for the Childrens snacks and Castlebay Community Hall for the venue, Craigard Hotel Carmichael Carpentry, Croit na h-Aibhne and Sarah’s Office Ltd;

  • To our friends who donate a little each year to help us with our work
  • To all our Judges, stewards and volunteers
  • To all our photographers over the years – this year thanks to Rosie Schneider for taking the pictures
  • To all the people who volunteered before, during and after the event
  • To everyone for supporting the event by entering, coming along and/or making donations. 
  • A full printout of the results is on www.barrahebrides.com/island-produce-show and on www.facebook.com/islandshow. 

The 2017 Schedule will be out in January next year.