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167th Royal Highland Show opens
Cow at Royal Highland Show, Ingleston near Edinburgh
Participants have to look their best for the show
The highlight of the Scottish farming calendar has opened at Ingliston, near Edinburgh.

More than 150,000 visitors are expected to flock to the Royal Highland Show over four days from Thursday.

The annual showcase of Scotland's farming and food industries will generate 200m worth of business before closing on Sunday.

Last year's attendance of 161,000 was the second best in the show's 167-year history.

The show is organised by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, which was founded in 1784 to promote rural regeneration, and prides itself on giving both town and country a chance to come together.

Leading producers

It occupies a 300 acre site next to Edinburgh Airport and attracts a huge variety of businesses which take trade stands to promote and sell their products.

For most visitors, the star attractions will be the animals, including 5,000 of the country's top pedigree breeding stock.

The show tells the whole story from farm gate to plate with the country's leading producers and retailers showcasing their wares in the food hall.

It also features outdoor living, rural skills, forestry, fashion, cookery and shopping.

The highlight of the Scottish farming calendar opens at Ingliston

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