The show will be launched this year by Joe Healy, the president of the IFA. All the hard work and preparation throughout the year all builds up to this one day, with everyone guaranteed a great day out.
There is over €40,000 on offer at the show, with almost 500 classes on show and a committee of over 200. A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes by Chairperson and Secretary of the show, Mary and Patrick Gaynor.
The show committee have worked all year round with great dedication to get the show up and running. There is a variety of attractions on offer in Virginia, between cattle, horses, sheep, poultry, dogs, home industries, children’s classes to arts and crafts. There is something to suit everyone’s taste from National finals to National Qualifiers.
The Virginia show is renowned as being one of Ireland’s most impressive celebrations of farming, food and rural life. Last year a reported 15,000 people were in attendance. Here at the show you will find livestock of the highest quality, food, drink and rural living events to suit all tastes. There will be over 300 trade stands on the day, with live entertainment, artisan food producers, cookery demonstrations and children’s entertainment.
All the hard work is carried out by all the volunteer show stewards, which is greatly appreciated by all. If in need of a helping hand, do not shy from asking as they are always more than happy to provide assistance. There is also free parking facilities on the day, adjacent to the showgrounds.
One of the main highlights of the whole day is the €10,000 Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow Competition in association with Glanbia Ingredients Ireland. The winner of that competition will be reassured of their skills in the industry, by scooping one of dairys leading animal prizes.
There are also numerous other cattle, sheep and horse shows on offer on the day.
Two other popular classes are the ‘All-Ireland Male/Female Weanling Championships’ which is sponsored by Gunne Carnaross Mart. Another popular class is the Champion Super Beef Bullock with €2,000 up for grabs.
Why not take a stroll through either through all the quality trade stands, where you will see a variety of homeware, garden, fashion, artwork or jewellery. The Food Hall has fine gifts, clothes and food. The Trade Mall has lots to see also, such as food, furnishing, clothes and ceramics.
This Years Highlights include:
The 34th Diageo Baileys €10,000 Champion Dairy Cow Competition,
Gunne Carnaross Mart All Ireland €2,000 Male/Female weanling champion,
Liffey Meats €2,000 Champion Beef Bullock, Fleetwood Paints Amateur Art Competition,
Univet Ireland Ltd and Virginia Show Commercial Heifer Champion.
Glanbia Friesian in-calf Heifer
Lakeland Dairy Champion of the Show.
McEvoys Supervalu ICA guild skills of the year.
Riverfront Bar and Restaurant Pastry Competition.
Clerkins Virginia Veterinary Practice Charolais Classes.
North Eastern Club Charolais Junior Champion Final.
North Eastern Club Simmental Junior Champion Final.
AW Ennis Interbreed Champion.
Francie Brady Charolais Champion of the Show.
The show promotes all that s good in rural Ireland. It has grown from the sole area of agriculture to cater for all of the family. It is a widely known event with guests travelling from all over the country and the UK.
Even better yet, Thats Farming are in attendance this year. Stay tuned to our Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates throughout the day. Also cast an eye towards the website later this evening as we will be posting an episode of the highlights of today’s show.