About the Show

Neilston Cattle Show began life early in the 19th Century as a result of a dispute between two farmers from the village. Both of the farmers had a prized bull that each said was better than the others. In a bid to settle the argument, the farmers arranged a contest that would be judged by the other farmers in the area. Nobody remembers who had the best bull, but the contest grew into an annual event that has continued for nearly 200 years.

Show day falls annually on the first Saturday in May, and is one of the earliest shows in the farming calendar. In recent years, the show has been held at Holehouse and is a fun day out for all the family. Although originally concentrating on agricultural aspects, the “Cattle Show” has always been well supported by the local people and schools of Neilston, Uplawmoor, and Barrhead. This support from the community has been vital to the continued success of the show and has meant the show has gone from strength to strength.

Being so early in the show calendar means that the weather can be a bit unpredictable, and over the years, roasting sunshine, rain, sleet, and even snow have been part of show day, but whether it is wellies or sun tan cream, the show brings the whole community together for tugs o’ war, races, dog competitions, sideshows, horse riding, show jumping and of course the sheep and cattle events.

We highly recommend a visit to Stephen Mansfield’s website for some nostalgic photographic memories of Neilston Show when it was still in Kirkstonfield. [Stephen was the Barrhead News photographer for several years from 1973 and has uploaded some of his Neilston Show archives onto his website.

Historic Neilston Show Photos

View photos from Stephen’s archive:

1979View photos here
1980View photos here
1981View photos here
1984View photos here
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