All day online agricultural show set for Saturday May 2

Fans of agricultural shows can go online Saturday for a taste of what they have been missing this year due to Covid-19.
All day online agricultural show set for Saturday May 2
The show will feature livestock competitions, food and craft tents as well as a beer tent with live chat and entertainment.

Fans of agricultural shows can go online Saturday for a taste of what they have been missing this year due to Covid-19.

For a free-to-attend show, anyone can log on from home to OnlineAgShow.co.uk from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, May 2. And the weather is guaranteed to be perfect!

More than 40 of the upcoming season of shows have been cancelled in Ireland due to Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns.

Shows have also been cancelled across Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and it was a rural estate manager in Berkshire, England, David Hill, who came up with the idea of an online show.

The one-day event is hosted on the OnlineAgShow.co.uk website, accompanied by social media activity.

The show will feature livestock competitions, food and craft tents as well as a beer tent with live chat and entertainment.

The main show ring will play host to displays including the RAF Red Arrows, The JCB Dancing Diggers and the now retired Vulcan Bomber, all streamed to the audience.

Five UK rural welfare charities will benefit -- RABI, RSABI, FCN, YANA and The DPJ Foundation.

Businesses and rural organisations hosting various areas of the show and trade stands are encouraged to make a charity donation.

David Hill said, “For centuries, agricultural shows have been central in the social calendar of rural communities as a place to gather, socialise, trade and compete against each other with the finest livestock, crops and horses.

“The agricultural show has weathered many storms, including surviving two world wars in the last century and dramatic crises like foot and mouth disease.

"The lockdown of movement has forced many show organisers to cancel their 2020 events, starving communities of an important community gathering, denying thousands of traders the opportunity to promote themselves and halting important fundraising opportunities for charities at a time when they are more in need than ever.

“I had an idea on the way into work one morning, there’s no reason why some of the fun of shows couldn’t be run online.

"We could have a Twitter-based show with livestock competitions judged by the public. We could have some video demonstrations of skills or trades and we could have a beer tent”.

David did not anticipate the huge support that the idea would gather.

“I set up a Twitter account and followers started streaming in, within 24 hours, I had over 1,000 followers. I realised just how much enthusiasm there was for this idea, so I decided that I would make it happen. I was blown away by the offers of support”.

The UK’s Innovation for Agriculture organisation, and web designers Altido, helped with the online show infrastructure.

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