Now in its 78th year, Virginia Show will be alive with all the sights and sounds associated with early autumn tomorrow (Wednesday, August 21st).
Attractions include over 470 classes, food markets, children’s amusements, trade stands, demonstrations and the hustle and bustle of rural life in an Ireland of increased awareness of food and environment.
Some of the main highlights:
- Cattle classes - Holstein Friesians, Shorthorns, Herefords, Angus, Charalois, Limousin, Salers, Simmentals, Belgian Blues, Aubracd and Blonde D’Aquitaines;
- 36th Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow in association with Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Limited.
- The Lakeland Dairies Champion of the Show;
- The A.W. Ennis Interbreed Champion of the Show;
- Glanbia Virginia, as well as being associated with the Diageo Baileys Cow, are sponsoring the €700 Friesian In-calf-heifer class;
- Univet Ireland Ltd and Virginia Show Commercial Heifer Championship for all non-pedigree baby beef heifers with no permanent teeth on show day - open to continental and non-continental animals;
- The 30th Liffey Meats €2,000 Champion Beef Bullock;
- Carnaross Mart €5,000 Champion Male/Female weanling Champions of the Show;
- Clerkins' Virginia Veterinary Practice Charolais classes;
- North-Eastern Charolais Club Championships;
- North-Eastern Club Simmental Championship;
- Novice and Young Stockperson.
- Farm conference - Feeding the World while respecting the planet;
- Horses & Ponies;
- Sheep - Paddy Keoghan Perpetual Memorial Cup for pedigrees and the Hugh Faulkner Cup for crossbreds as well as classes for Suffolks, Texels, Charollais and Vendeen. Classes for goats, poultry, farm & garden produce, oats barley, turf, hay, grazing, and maize.
- Fleetwood All-Ireland Final Art Competition
- The ICA Guild Skills of the Year;
- Riverfront Bar & Restaurant Afternoon Tea for Two Competition
- Food and biodiversity showcase
- Sheep Shearing
- Gig Rig
- Dog Agility Show
- Men’s sheds
- Children’s classes.
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