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Lorn Beag – the wee show – had hundreds of people turn out to Barcaldine’s new Racer Cafe on Saturday.
To help fill a gap left by this year’s cancelled Lorn Show, cafe owners Wayne and Leanne Johnson came to the rescue by hosting an alternative event with the help of popular Bookends Festival, artists, crafters, car boot-sellers, farmers – and animals.
As well as a funfair kiosk full of balloons and competitions such as Guess the Sweeties in the Jar and Guess the Weight of The Big Bear, Bookends also celebrated the opening of its new book shed at the cafe. The shed will be open daily from now on, stacked full of good reads for all ages to swap, share or take-away.
Cafe couple Wayne and Leanne are starting an outdoor market venture where local producers and creators can come and take up space in some of the other wooden cabins they now have on site.
Bookends chairman Joy Cameron said: ‘We are indebted to Wayne and Leanne for giving us this space at the start of their outdoor market venture and delighted there will be other cabins sharing the space.’
Former Lorn Show President Duncan Buchanan was also at Lorn Beag putting on a fine display of the original Black Highland Cattle – his beautifully presented bull and heifer have not been shown since Covid-19 brought agricultural shows to a halt.
Stall holders put in entries to a Best in Show competition following an animal theme. The winner with a stretch-as-you-grow children’s dress was new dressmaking company Pretty Little Things and Wild Things.
Elspeth MacDonald of Castle Wood Croft also brought along her kid goat Primrose for petting and provided the inhabitants of the Racer Cafe’s new chicken run.
Other animals who have taken up home in the cafe’s St Columba’s Bay ark collection are a small turtle, a bearded dragon and a rescue parrot – pets well cared for by Leanne and Wayne’s children Freddie and Charlie.
The next Racer Cafe event is a Rock and Roll night on Tuesday August 17, highlighting the pink café Hot Dog and Hot Rod experience, streaming live to a worldwide audience as part of an Around Sounds internet radio show aroundsounds.co.uk
Tony Kent, who owns Around Sounds, will be in the chair.