Published: Friday, 9th August, 2013 1:17pm
Upwards of 60,000 people are expected to attend the major agricultural event that is Tullamore Show.
The show will be opened on Sunday by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, before competitors from all over Ireland get ready to do battle for a prize fund of €165,000 and the equivalent of the Olympic goold medal for livestock, the AIB National Livestock Show gold medal.
There will be competitions on Sunday for everything from Bonny Babies to Best Pedigree Cattle, as part of a unique event that is eagerly awaited by thousands of competitors and spectators alike around the county.
In May An Taoiseach Enda Kenny took time out from his busy schedule to launch Ireland’s premier national show. Now finally the time has come for the show proper. Show grounds are located just outside Tullamore off the N52. With 20,000 free car parking spaces, there’s sure to be room for all.
There will be a total of 1,000 classes on Sunday, along with 650 machinery and trade stands. As well as the headline events for pedigree and commercial cattle and sheep there will be one of the finest horticulture and flower shows in the land as well as events for dogs, poultry, home industries, inventions and a magnificent vintage show. There will be a total of more than 300,000 square foot of marquees at the event, including shopping arcades and pavilions.
Other attractions on the day will include celebrity chef Neven Maguire and entertainment headed by Conor Quinn of The Voice of Ireland and the White Chalk Band, Ruaile Buaile and Rahan Comhaltas. There will be a best dressed lady and man competition, a young Mr and Miss Offaly competition and more. A competition for sheep shearing will be at the show for the first time, with competitions for juniors and seniors as well as both blade and machine shearing.
The Tullamore Show is the biggest one day show in Ireland, and the highlight of the Irish farming world. The AIB national livestock show will feature gold medal championships for the breed champions.
An added attraction this year is a Guinness world record attempt with the largest ever potato sack race being supervised by Sam’s Potatoes. Each year the Tullamore Show select a charity who have the opportunity to raise funds and awareness during the show and many charitable organisations have benefited very well down through the years. This year Irish Autism Action has been chosen.
More information on the event is available by visitingwww.tullamoreshow.com.