Ballymena Show committee looking ahead to the future

BALLYMENA SHOW RI Farm

ThE Ballymena Show should have been taking place this weekend but, unfortunately, due to Covid-19 it has been cancelled just like all the other shows throughout the Province.

This is a great disappointment to

many, especially exhibitors of live-stock who had started in autumn last year to prepare stock for this summer’s shows.

The shows are a shop window for breeders who have stock to sell in the autumn at breed sales. If you are hoping to catch the eye of a prospective buyer, winning a few red rosettes or a championship can help to boost much-needed funds.

Last year the Ballymena Show moved to the livestock market on the Woodside Road, the first to be held outside of the Showgrounds in its history and it’s fair to say that although the weather was not the most favourable, reports from exhibitors, traders and the general public were very encouraging.

The committee was very enth-usiastic about this year’s show but all the plans will have to be held over to 2021 when hopefully things can get back to some degree of normality.

Ballymena Show has always been

a shop window for all those part-icipating and last year there were record entries in all sections and especially in Home Industries and Floral Art

In fact, the Home Industries, which includes the school exhibits and floral art displays in the new sheep shed, were one of the best ever.

The Chairman and Executive Committee of the show would like to thank all those who support and sponsor the show year by year, many of whom have been there for many decades, because without their input

the show would not happen.

A spokesman said: “We wish you well, stay safe and hope we can meet in our usual format in 2021.”

n Pictures taken at the 2014 show, courtesy of Ernest O’Hara

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