Bute Agricultural Society made a loss of more than £1,800 on its annual show in 2013, according to figures released this week.
The society took in £10,379 from gate receipts, trade stands, sponsorship, entry fees and advertising for the event, held on August 14, but paid out a total of £12,241, resulting in a loss of £1,862.69.
The figures have led Argyll and Bute Council to recommend an underwrite for the 2014 event - but only of £650.
The society had applied to the Third Sector Grants Fund overseen by the council for an underwrite of £1,150 to support this year’s show and ploughing match, but members of the council’s Bute and Cowal area committee decided to ask for more financial information before deciding whether to approve the request.
That information shows the breakdown of the 2013 show’s income and expenditure as follows.
Show schedule adverts - £1,343
Trade stands - £1,040
Sponsorship - £1,771
Entry fees - £1,442
Gate receipts - £4,741
Miscellaneous income - £42
Total income - £10,379
Support to volunteers - £1,069
Show rosettes - £42.36
Prize money - £1,824.30
Engraving - £827.95
Milking services - £174.79
Toilet hire - £990
Marquee - £3,672.00
Miscellaneous field installations - £167.28
Licenses and subs - £65
Attraction - £600
Charity - £540
Insurance - £1,095.43
Publicity - £229.20
Schedule and general printing - £784
Miscellaneous show stationers - £159.48
Total expenses - £12,241.69
Society treasurer Matthew Williamson said: “Last year’s income and expenses were fairly standard for the show in recent years. It’s very difficult for the show to break even and any underwrite from the council will be very gratefully received.”
The council previously approved underwrites for the show of £720 in 2011-12 and £900 in 2013-14. No application was made in 2012-13.
The recommendation for 2014-15 will be considered by the area committee at its meeting in Dunoon on Tuesday, June 3.