The first Saturday in June is traditionally the day in which Lurgan Agricultural Show, organised by Lurgan and District Horse and Cattle Show Society, holds its annual one-day event.
Unfortunately the show has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the global pandemic but hopefully it will return next year.
This article looks back at previous poultry events at this show, which are normally held within the picturesque tree-lined Lurgan Park – a gem of a park in County Armagh which is edged on one end by the lake.
The venue alone is breathtaking then add to this the lovely ambience of the show and it has inspired me over a number of years to attend this event.
The first time I exhibited poultry at Lurgan Show was in the 1990s and, after boxing up after a great event, I was “taken” by the local people who kept waving at me as I travelled through the area.
It wasn’t until I looked around to my boxed birds that I saw that all the Indian Runner ducks had got their heads out and were looking out the car windows. It certainly brightened up everyone’s day.
A day exhibiting at this event certainly flies by for once you have unboxed and caged your birds you are then free to go for breakfast, followed by a trip around the other attractions and amusements for the children.
A packed lunch out in the sun or under the trees if their is inclement weather and then back to the poultry tent to see how your birds have performed and, before you know it, you’ve once again boxed up, received your prizes and are on your way home again.
I really can’t wait to enjoy one of these great days out again when it is safe to do so.
This poultry section show caters for both large and bantam poultry and domestic waterfowl with often the poultry tent full to capacity with a great range and colour of birds.
My great thanks to past and present poultry section organisers, namely Noel Smyth, Pauline Gibson and Trevor Gardiner, and their helpers, who worked tirelessly to make show day one to remember.
n On this page you will find a number of photographs taken at previous shows over the past few years.