Posted by: AAPGAI | August 27, 2016

AAPGAI at the Galloway Show

An article written by Clive Mitchelhill (AAPGAI Membership Secretary)


The Galloway Show is another popular show that AAPGAI members have attended on a regular basis for several years now. A little smaller than the Lowther Show, but certainly increasing in size year by year. This show takes place in the Scottish Borders at Drumlanrig Castle, a formidable venue adjacent to the river Nith, which offers some good Salmon, Sea trout, trout and Grayling fishing. This year’s show was held over the weekend of the 20th and 21st August.


Derek Kelly teaching the roll cast

In previous years only two AAPGAI members have attended the show to deliver the demonstrations in both the main arena and on the small loch, however this year, with permission from the organisers, we managed to double our demonstrator team to four members, which allowed us to organise a better program for the public, affording us the opportunity once again to project the association’s presence at the show.


Accuracy competition in action

At the show we shared a large tent with Borderlines, The Nith Catchment Fisheries Trust and The Annan Trust, and although Saturday crowds were down, due to heavy rain, Sunday saw a much bigger footfall at the show affording us a larger number of people passing through the tent for tuition, and for the accuracy competitions we were running.


One of our demonstrators, Bert Schaaf grabbing a well earned cuppa

The prize giving at the end of the show for winners of the various competitions was one of the highlights, as a wide variety of entrants took part from individuals to family teams, which was good to see. We also ran a raffle with various prizes donated to Borderlines specifically for the show. Thanks to all who donated!


Competition prize giving ceremony

Another successful event for AAPGAI in the Borders! Thanks again to all involved and we are already looking forward to next years show!