All roads lead to Tullamore this Sunday, 12th August, for the 2018 Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show.
With an expected 60,000 attendees, organisers are currently putting the finishing touches in place to ensure a smoothly-run event.
The premier livestock show has an impressive total prize fund of €175,000, which attracts the top breeders from across the country. Over 2,000 animals will enter the judging rings on the day.
Set across the impressive 250ac Butterfield Estate, the show grounds will open at 8:30am for the general public.
The show promises something for everyone, from the farmer to the equine enthusiast. A wide range of classes, demonstrations, and entertainment will take place throughout the day.
Almost 6km of trackway has been laid on-site, while the tented village and pavilions cover an area of 400,000ft², ensuring even a few showers won’t dampen the spirits of show-goers.
All types of livestock will be on show, including dairy, pedigree and commercial cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and even alpacas.
Cattle breeds including Irish Moiled, Simmental, Charolais, Limousin, Belgian Blue, Angus, Hereford, Salers, Aubrac, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Shorthorn and Parthenaise will all take to the pedigree show ring.
National championships for the Limousin, Charolais, Hereford and Simmental societies will be up for contention. While the Angus and Saler national calf championships will also take place.
The commercial cattle section has long been a popular attraction for both spectators and competitors at Tullamore Show; it will run from two rings to facilitate the 28 classes.
A full selection of equine showing classes will take place throughout the day, including ridden hunters, mares and foals, cobs and Clydesdale horses, to name but a few.
A total of 14 sheep breeds will take to the judging ring. The Lleyn All Ireland championship will be contested on the day, ensuring a line-up of the country’s top sheep.
New to the Tullamore Show this year is a pigs section, with the title of Pig of the Year up for grabs. Alpacas will also feature, with the national alpaca fleece show and a shearing demonstration sure to draw a crowd at the ringside.
Dog lovers will be pleased with 15 showing classes and 2 obedience classes, while an exhilarating dog agility competition will excite onlookers.
The exhibits in the craft and needlework section at Tullamore Show are not to be missed. Creations in trapunto, decoupage, coloured embroidery, crochet and patchwork will be on display.
An array of live events on the day will include sheep dog trials, sheep shearing, farm safety workshops and vintage displays.
Neven Maguire will host a number of cookery demonstrations in conjunction with Bord Bia, while Declan Nerney will headline an eclectic line-up of live music.
Best Dressed Lady and Gentleman will be announced in the Fashion Pavilion, where catwalk shows will run for the fashion conscious.
Children will also be catered for with a dedicated Kids Fun Area, packed with activities starting at 10.30am. Slides, bouncing castles and the pet’s corner will keep every kid, young and old, occupied for hours.
Organisers are advising people to come early and make the most of the day’s events. Further information, including the class schedule and ticket sales, can be found on the Tullamore Show website.