This year’s Royal Highland Show attracted its record attendance in the show’s 179-year history as 195,400 turned up for the four day event.
The annual event, which was held between Thursday 20th and Sunday 23rd June is estimated to have benefitted the Scottish economy to the tune of £65m.
Among the biggest spectacles at this year’s show was a Scottish country dancing display performed by 340 dancers on the Friday night and The Farmers’ Choir, which raises money for a number of charities, singing on the main stage to close the event.
Alan Laidlaw, Chief Executive of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) said:
“We’ve got a really good team ethos and we’re all pulling from the same rope in the same direction and that makes me really proud. Over a thousand people are involved in delivering this event and we are regularly seeing around 190,000 visitors yearly – we are Scotland’s leading, biggest and best outdoor event.
“The weather has been kind which makes things easier and people are more relaxed and open to enjoy themselves and have important conversations about rural Scotland which we value so strongly.
“This event is about people understanding each other and the sector, whether that be finding more about where the food comes from and bridging the gap between producers and the public, but it is also about having those conversations about the challenges people are facing.”
Next year’s event will be held between Thursday 18th and Sunday 21st June 2020.