A gig by the Frank and Walters, big screens for Euro 2016 matches, craft beer tents, and a huge food festival — this year’s Cork Summer Show has pulled out all the stops in a bid to attract its biggest crowd yet.

The Munster Agricultural Society (MAS) has announced details of this year’s expanded Cork Summer Show which will be staged on its Showgrounds campus in Curraheen, on the western outskirts of Cork City, on June 18 and 19.

Organisers of what is one of Ireland’s longest-running agricultural shows are expecting more than 50,000 people through the gates to experience a varied mix of agriculture, food, music, home, garden, crafts, equipment, and entertainment attractions for all ages.

“In its earliest days, the Cork Summer Show catered primarily for the agricultural community but over the years it has grown into a fun-filled day out for everyone, attracting more than 50,000 people last year alone,” said MAS chairman Gerard Murphy.

“I have no doubt that the 2016 Cork Summer Show is going to be our best year yet.”

The Irish Examiner-supported event will feature all the traditional show favourites, including cattle and dog shows, trade stands, and machinery across the 100-acre site. Rumley’s Pet Farm and Leahy’s Open Farm will set up petting zoos.

A 300-strong collection of rare and vintage machines and cars will be on display, and the Roman Military Society of Ireland, Legion Ireland, will stage a spectacular living history and re-enactment of a Roman army camp dating from the 1st and 2nd centuries.

This year’s event will also feature big screens showing Euro 2016 games, the largest outdoor food festival in Cork, and a craft beer tent to rival Oktoberfest.

 Gerard Murphy, chairman of the Munster Agricultural Society withMary the lamb chatting with Lia O’Toole, 5, at the launch of the CorkSummer Show.
Gerard Murphy, chairman of the Munster Agricultural Society with

Mary the lamb chatting with Lia O’Toole, 5, at the launch of the Cork

Summer Show.

There is also a top music line-up that includes performances by the Frank and Walters, Crystal Swing, Voiceworks featuring Claudia Rose, Áine Carroll, Pat Fitz, and Keith Hanley, The Papa Zita’s, The Céilí Allstars, The Naildrivers, and DJ Jim X Comet.

The Lords of Strut and Billy Bubbles will also entertain the crowds.

Mr Murphy said they will be providing improved, expanded and more efficient parking arrangements, along with a free shuttle bus service from Ballincollig Shopping Centre, the Black Ash park and ride, and from Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium.

Free parking will also be available at the Showgrounds on both days.

Cork Summer Show runs from 9am to 6pm on June 18 and 19, with full show details and ticket prices available on corksummershow.com

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