The longest running agri-expo in Ireland will be hitting the grand old age of 190 this coming Saturday August 27. The Iverk Show is held in Piltown, Co Kilkenny annually and sees a range of activities and interests for farmers and their families to partake in.
One of the major competitions on the day, the Irish Angus Bull Calf Championship is now in its fourth year and is already considered as one of the dominant cattle competitions in the country. Winners will receive €2,000.
There will be a number of events for horses on the day too, including Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Racehorse to Riding Horse 2016 Supreme Championship Final, while Horse Sport Ireland sponsors the Working Hunter Championship means winners can expect to receive a breeding grant worth €1,000. Other finals to be decided include the Rose of Iverk for the best two-year-old non-thoroughbred filly, and there’s also the Ulster Bank Pedigree Inter-Breed Beef Championship and the Deloitte Ireland Iverk Championship.
There will be a lookback too at farming from the early days of the show, with the organisers re-creating a tenant cottage (pictured above) from that time. According to the organisers, “It will be manned by a family in dress of the time caring for animals and garden. They will give interactive talks during the day. Come celebrate our 190th birthday by stepping back in time!”
The show gates will open at roughly 9am Saturday, though exhibitors can gain access earlier than that. Tickets are €10 for adults on the gate while children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.
Parking is free, with plenty of disabled parking available.