More than 40,000 people are expected to attend two of the big summer shows due in Cork in the coming weeks.
Some 25,000 people are expected to flock to the Cork Summer Show in the new Showgrounds in Curraheen in Bishopstown on Jun 15 and 16. Before that, more than 15,000 people are expected to visit the Clik All Ireland and International Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships in Green Glens, Millstreet, this coming Saturday and Sunday.
More than 3,000 sheep will be shorn in Millstreet this weekend, which features a wealth of Irish and visiting shearing champions. Among these are world champion Gavin Mutch, from Scotland, and Johnny Kirkpatrick, Hawk’s Bay, New Zealand, a member of the Golden Shears world team champions.
Event chairman, Humphrey O’Riordan, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the world’s best shearers to Green Glens where people will be able to enjoy the shearing and other attractions in the comfort of this magnificent indoor arena.”
One of the most exciting events of the weekend, the Clik Speed Shear, will be held on Saturday evening when the elite shearers will compete against the clock. Family fun events include a food market, arts and crafts display, dog show, sheep dog trials, and a fun fair.
Meanwhile, the 172nd Cork Summer Show Cattle Showing will begin on Saturday, Jun 15. The Munster Agriculture Society will offer a total prize fund of €10,000 for its cattle competitions.
Chairman of the Munster Agriculture Society, Eddie Barrett, said: “For over 200 years, the Munster Agricultural Society has been at the heart of rural life. The Cork Summer Show is a showcase for excellence in agriculture, food and farm produce. The 2013 Cork Summer Show will have an expanded display area for agricultural equipment suppliers, drawing exhibitors from across the province.”
IFA deputy president Eddie Downey will host a series of lectures in the Teagasc Tent on the Saturday and Sunday.
The two days of the Cork Summer Show will feature showing classes for cattle, horses, sheep, goats, poultry, rare breeds, pony club, interhunt chases, harness racing and an international Farrier Competition.
The cattle, horse and sheep classes have attracted over 1,000 entries, with a particularly strong representation from the beef industry.
Beef and dairy farmers from all over Ireland will compete for the following awards: Munster Agriculture Society All Ireland Holstein Friesian Senior Cow Championship; Munster Agriculture Society Munster Pedigree Beef Heifer Calf Championship; and the Mohana Simmental and Lake House Premier Simmental Cow.
The closing date to enter cattle in Cork Summer Show is Friday, May 31. Entries to the 172nd Cork Summer Show are available on www.corksummershow.com or 021 4801919.
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