It’s sunny side up as Tullamore Show set for bumper crowds

Organisers do not expect weather problems for next Sunday’s Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show, where exhibitors will flock in search of some of the €165,000 on offer for the best livestock, home industries, dogs, inventions, poultry, best dressed lady, glamorous granny — and much more.

The event moved to the Butterfield Estate at Blueball, Tullamore, in 2009, after two consecutive summer floods led to cancellations at a former site.

Since the move, the show has enjoyed growing success and record attendances. In 2011 more than 60,000 people and 650 trade stand exhibitors attended.

Show vice-chairman Tom Maher said the new site was selected for its high ground and undulating terrain, which is free-draining, with excellent soakage.

An improved weather forecast, and 2.5km of steel trackways, will also ensure the event survives one of the worst summers ever.

Nor has the weather deterred exhibitors and competitors, with numbers on a par with last year’s record-breaking participation.

Over 1,000 exhibitor competitions will include several new events, such as the family section for younger equine enthusiasts; a new carriage driving class for light trade turnouts and farm vehicles and implements; and a ladies’ tractor building competition in the vintage section.

Producing for the Market (Breeding, Feeding, Health) is the 2012 theme in The Meat Village, which was introduced last year and proved to be a huge success.

Demonstrations, industry speakers and presentations will keep the general public and farming community up-to-date on all meat market activity.

nThe final of the Macra/FBD farm skills competition will be held at Tullamore Show on Sunday.

The finalist clubs are East Laois, Kilmeen (Carbery region), Galway City, Westside (Sligo), Cushinstown (Wexford), and Aghinagh (Muskerry region).

The competition helps young farmers develop the skills required in farming, and creates greater awareness of farm safety.

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