THE CRAIGIE show had to be cancelled last week after the recent spate of poor weather.

Organisers were left gutted after a quick inspection confirmed that the field the show is normally held on was not fit for purpose after weeks of heavy downpours left it in a poor condition.

It was feared that the wet muddy conditions could pose a risk to some of the events such as show jumping which was scheduled to take place.

With heavy rain forecasted for the weekend ahead, the decision was taken to axe the show on Wednesday August 7.

Rhona Orr, secretary of the Craigie Show told the Ayr Advertiser: “It’s disappointing.

“It’s not a decision that was made lightly by the landowner or the chairperson.

“But it’s just the weather, there’s nothing we can do about it. There’s more heavy rain forecast for Friday and Saturday.

“The condition of the field is too wet for vehicles going in and for the health and safety of the animals, the likes of show jumping, we don’t want them falling.

“Sadly the show won’t be re-scheduled due to all the organisation behind the scenes, it’s a one off event.”

Organisers took the decision to move the show to Langholm Farm after the previous location struggled to cope with conditions and was “getting cancelled more than it was getting held.”

The show would have celebrated its third year in its new location and it was continuing to grow in popularity.

Speaking on Wednesday Alan Baird, owner of the Langholm Farm Shop and Tea Room, added: “I’m just a bit gutted. The field conditions are quite damp at the moment.

“Three or four weeks ago we didn’t envisage it.

“We’ve just had so much rain in such a short period time.

“This was going to be the third year at Langholm, we were looking to it and its building year on year.

“We were planning on putting two marquees up tonight, but we took the decision it wasn’t going to happen.”