West Fife Show is one of the oldest agricultural shows in Scotland, dating back more than 250 years!
Obviously much has changed in that time but our agricultural roots remain strong and we hope that our audience of today appreciates this. There is so much to see and do at our show that, no matter the weather, there is guaranteed fun for all the family!
One of the best parts of the Show is the livestock competitions. Whether it be cattle, sheep, goats, heavy horses or light horses, there is something different to see throughout the day.
For those who prefer 4 wheels rather than 4 legs, we also have fantastic support from many local machinery dealerships who bring along various tractors and equipment as well as attendance from many vintage tractor exhibitors.
If it’s crafts you’re after, then the craft marquee is the place for you. Here you’ll find lots of local vendors showing off their many wares.
For the kids, a stop at the baby animal tent is a must! This tent gives you the chance to get up close to lots of animals as well as joining in with some hands-on activities before heading off for a drive in the kids tractor area.
And, of course, we can’t forget about the dogs! You’re more than welcome to bring along your dog to the show and you can even take part in our Dog Show!
We also have lots of other activities and entertainments including tug-of-war, music, food, drink, bouncy castles, sheep shearing and milking demonstrations. Check our gallery for pictures of our past shows!
So, grab your sun cream if it’s a scorcher or your wellies if it’s raining and get yourself along and join us!
Our History as Central & West Fife Agricultural Society
Incorporation of Leslie & Kinglassie Agricultural Society and the Western District of Fife Agricultural Society
Our records sadly don’t go back to the Society’s inception, but luckily with the help of the local library and museum, we have been able to track our origins. To our great surprise, we found that we began in 1760 during the period of the Industrial Revolution, the Highland Clearances, when the Carron Iron Company in Falkirk produced its first piece of cast iron and when Robert Burns celebrated his 1st birthday!
The library records show that 2 agricultural societies originally existed. The first was The Chicken Pie Club which was constituted in 1760 and met annually in Crossgates. (The meeting always ended with a supper consisting of chicken pie, hence the name!) The second was The Dunfermline Farmer’s Society which was instituted in 1765 and met annually in Dunfermline. The object of both societies was the improvement of the breeding of cattle and horses in the district, for the management of which premiums/prizes were awarded at annual public competitions/shows.
The Dunfermline Farmer’s Society seemed to have suspended its meetings from 1800-1824 when it was revived and its constitution remodelled.
Then, in 1834, the two societies united under the name of the “Western District of Fife Agricultural Association”, the objects being the same as those promoted by the original clubs. The meetings of this new society were held in Dunfermline, annually in July.
Fast forward to the 20th Century and in 1962 the “Central & West Fife Agricultural Society” was formed with the incorporation of Leslie & Kinglassie Agricultural Society and the Western District of Fife Agricultural Society where the annual meeting, or show as it is now referred to, was to be held on the first Saturday in June.
And the rest, as they say, is history!