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

The East Mainland Agricultural Show is the chance for farmers east of Kirkwall to showcase their finest livestock. Usually held on the first Saturday in August, this busy show features the best of the area's cattle, sheep, horses, goats and dogs, as well as the fantastic industrial show of homebakes, flowers and vegetables in the nearby 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 stalls selling locally produced crafts and goods. There is always fantastic food on offer and often country clothing, fundraising tents and the latest farm implements for sale too.

The smaller shows offer the chance to feel part of a community and there is always something to see and do. Make sure you don't miss out on a great day out for all the family.