The Tullamore show is one of the most hotly anticipated livestock showing events in the country, taking place Sunday, August 12th.
This year the organizers extended the deadline to enter livestock into classes to July 19th, “due to popular demand”. They have now confirmed that they have received record entries to this year’s competition in almost every class!
There will be a total prize fund of €175,000 up for grabs for competition winners this year and there will be in excess of 1,000 competitions throughout the day. There are 45 FBD National Livestock Show titles in total up for grabs at the event. Although entries are closed for the commercial livestock classes, entries will still be taken on the day for Family Pony classes, Horticulture, Cookery, Craft & Needlework, Art & Photography classes and Fashion Competitions. These will be the only entries accepted on the day and they must be in before 9:30am.
Chairperson of the Tullamore Show, Brenda Kiernan, expressed her thanks to all those who entered, while also confirming record entry numbers.
“Brenda Kiernan Chairperson, wishes to express sincere thanks to all those who have entered this year’s show and is pleased to announce (that) we have reached record entries in several classes this year”, the @tullamoreshow post reads on Twitter.
Biggest in the country-
The event is the biggest livestock event in the country, with over 60,000 people flocking to the event at the Butterfield Estate in 2017.
It was reported that 10,000 of those in attendance were children, while there were also over 700 trade stands on show.
In fact. 2017 marked the highest attendance in the show's history! There were 28 classes in total in 2017, with prizes handed out to the winners of each class exceeding €20,000. There was also in excess of 330 cattle entered for showing last year, though there could be more this year.
As mentioned, the show kicks off this coming August, Sunday the 12th, at the Butterfield Estate, Blueball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. There will be food and bar facilities on site on the day, with music and entertainment from Seamus Moore and with free parking for up to 20,000 cars and traffic plans in operation.
The Showgrounds will be open for Exhibitors from 6:45am, while the public can enter from 8:30am. Judging will commence at 10am. The show will be officially opened on tha day at 1pm by Minister Creed at the main stand.
Admission for adults costs €20, while students and Senior Citizens can enter for €15. Children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult go free.
You can get further updates on the Tullamore show website here and their Facebook page here.
Don’t forget, ThatsFarming will also be in attendance and you can tune in via our Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat accounts on the day.