Record numbers are expected to flock to tomorrow’s opening day of the Virginia Show in Co Cavan.
The event will feature 490 classes and over 3,000 exhibits.
While about 18 agricultural shows have fallen victim to the worst Irish summer in living memory, the 71st Virginia Show has seen a 50% increase in most classes.
Virginia’s competition director Brendan Smyth said: “It has been a difficult summer, so we are delighted with the turnout. A warm Cavan welcome awaits all our competitors and visitors this week.”
Entries are notably buoyant for the 29th Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow Competition, with 21 cows and 10 heifers entered.
Farmers are travelling from Limerick, Down, and Waterford to compete, with entrants also drawn from nearer counties such as Meath, Dublin, and Louth.
The €9,000 prize fund, which is sponsored by Baileys Irish Cream in conjunction with its cream supplier, Glanbia Ingredients Virginia, is thought to be the biggest of its kind in Ireland.
About 40 members of the Cork Friesian Breeders Club will attend as part of their annual tour.
A group of 44 Holstein Friesian breeders from northern Germany will also be present.
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