If you visit Orkney in August, you'll soon appreciate that farming is much more than a successful industry.

The East Mainland Agricultural Show kicks off this morning, in Toab village, with the best of the area’s horses, cattle, sheep, goats, dogs and pets on display. The area’s industrial show will also be held in the Tankerness Hall.

Orkney's shows are more than a day out for the farmers. They are a huge draw for families who enjoy seeing the animals, catching up with friends, and browsing at stalls selling locally produced crafts and goods, food produce, and country clothing or chatting at the fundraising tents and entering their competitions and raffles, or viewing the latest farm implements for sale. You'll normally find show jumping, dog trials, a fun fair, entertainment and food outlets at the shows too. All in all, a great day out!