BALLYMONEY Show recently held its Annual Sponsors’ Reception at Lissanoure Castle, Loughguile.
This year’s show, to be held on June 1-2, promises a fun day out for all the family. Already a large number of exhibitors have booked and the spaces in the craft marquees and dedicated ‘food village’ are filling up.
Again the show has a very enthusiastic show committee working hard in the background to ensure a successful 111th Show. Thanks must be extended to the generosity of the farming community and businesses provincewide, which enable the presentation of generous prizes to exhibitors in all classes. Also to the Mackie Family at Lissanoure Castle for the provision of the fine surroundings to host the Show Launch.
A spokesman said, “To all our sponsors who faithfully support us year on year we acknowledge your financial contribution and wish to let you know it is much appreciated.”
This year’s show promises entertainment for all ages. There’ll be the ever popular Pet Show, with the added attraction of dog agility courses by Letzpet, Childrens’ Entertainers, Country Singers, DJ, the County Antrim YFC Football Competition, Tug-o-War, and a varied programme of entertainment on stage over the course of the two days. Stage entertainment will commence at 5pm on the Friday and from 10am on Saturday.
Organisers are also delighted to host the North District Semi Final of the ISA All Ireland Junior Home Cook Champion over the course of the two days.
On the Friday evening there will be local pony riding classes, followed by open pony classes– entries for which will be taken on the field from 2.30pm, with classes due to commence at 3pm.
The North West working hunter ponies and horses get underway at 4pm and 5pm respectively, again with entries taken on the field.
On Saturday in the main arena show classes commence with the heavy horses which are one of the highlights in the horse section, attracting a large entry.
There will be classes for Shetland, Welsh, Mixed Mountain and Moorland and Connemara ponies and donkeys.
There are also classes for the Ridden Hunters, Hunters in hand and Irish Draughts all taking place on Saturday morning. In the afternoon there are Heavy Horse Turnouts.
Ballymoney Show continues to have numerous qualifiers throughout the horse section for both NI and All Ireland Championships – so be sure to check out the Show Schedule for full details.
Livestock classes promise to be another highlight at Ballymoney Show. The event is fortunate to not only be in an excellent farming district which attracts local exhibitors but also has long standing exhibitors who travel quite a distance to show at Ballymoney.
There will be Young Handler competitions for both beef and dairy sections. The show will again host qualifiers for NISA:- Thompson Feeds Dairy Cow Championship, the Linden Foods Pedigree Beef Heifer Championship, and the Bank of Ireland Junior Beef Bull Championship.
Ballymoney Show has consistently had over 500 sheep entries for many years now and offer various classes to ensure all sheep breeds get their chance to show. A new section has been introduced this year for the Blue Texels.
High quality qualifiers include the Danske Bank/NISA Best Ewe Championship, The ISA/Clogher Valley Show Society NI Continental Sheep Final For Ewe or Ram & The Cydectin Young Sheep Handlers Competition.
To encourage young exhibitors Ballymoney has its own Young Handlers Competition available for entry. The show committee look forward to another excellent turnout of sheep from a wide variety of breeds and classes.
This year sees 12 classes available for entry in the goat section, both in pedigree and non pedigree classes with generous prize money and silverware up for grabs.
The Poultry Section will have classes in Waterfowl, Large Soft Feather and Soft Father Bantams as well as additional classes for rare breeds and for childrens classes. The show will host the qualifier for ISA/Swinford Show Society All Ireland Bantam Chicken Championship.
The Home Industries Section of the show is always very popular with almost 100 classes in total including Craftwork, Painting, Baking, Confectionery & Preserves. Also classes for Flower Exhibits, Photographic & Calligraphy and Handwriting Sections. There are specially designated classes for YFC members covering craft, baking floral art and photography.
The Schools Section has 120 classes for Craft Work, Art, Computer Art, Printing, and Flowers. Last year there were over 1200 exhibits in this section.
The pre-school section proves very popular with classes for drawings, patterns and craft. Special school and unit pupils are also catered for with seven classes available.
There are classes for Secondary School Art, Technology and Baking, giving secondary schools an opportunity to display their talents once again.
Classes are available for Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and A level students to enter 2D, 3D, mixed media and technology and design items they have produced as part of their coursework.
North Antrim Agricultural Association is made up of a Board of Directors and a very enthusiastic show committee comprising of members from the three local Young Farmers Clubs – Finvoy, Kilraughts and Moycraig. Once again they take on the huge task of preparing the grounds, stewarding the classes and running an exciting entertainment programme for the two days.
They are led by President James Morrison, Chairman David Dunlop, Secretary Anne McLaughlin, Treasurer Trevor Gilmour and Press Officer Carol McMullan.
Judges for this years show have already been confirmed from all over the British Isles and Ireland.
The Show Association gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance given by the sponsors who have provided special prize money and are deeply indebted to those donors who have augmented the prize money by their subscriptions. Particular thanks to Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council for their faithful support.
A full list of sponsors is detailed in the schedules, available on the show website or can be obtained from the Show Secretary.