With 550 entries, this year’s Armagh Agricultural Show was another exceptional event.
As a stand-in secretary, I would like to express my thanks to Eugene Mallon for all the pre-work that he had done and to everyone that came down at nights to help built the pens . . . and not forgetting those that stayed afterwards to dismantle them again.
What makes a show special? The people! For me, as secretary, it was the people who came up at the end of the show and thanked me for the wonderful day that they had.
The atmosphere was great, weather held up and the crowds flocked through the marque to view some off the top poultry in Ireland.
The competitors where pleased with the generous sponsorship from Frazier Animal Feeds, Banbridge, Fane Valley, Heka Incubators and H Beattie & Sons, Tandragee.
The judges commented on how much they enjoyed judging at the show and had difficulty picking the eventual winners.
With Armagh Show being affiliated with the Poultry Club of Great Britain, the following list of winners received Gold Cards:
Show Champion and Best Large Soft Feather: Brahma Male, Ryan McLaren; Reserve Show Champion and Best Bantam Heavy: Australorp Male, James Fullerton; Second Reserve Champion and Best Juvenile: Silkie, Aaliyah Moore; Best Large Hard Feather: Oxford OEG Duckwing Male, John McKearney; Best Bantam Hard Feather: Black Red Modern, Marc McCullough; Best Bantam SF Light: AC Poland Female, David Fullerton; Best True Bantam: Dutch Gold Partridge Male, Darren Gillespie; Best Trio: Silkie, Daniel Moore; Best Egg Exhibit: Three Bantam Browns, Ryan McLaren; Best Waterfowl: Indian Runner self colour, Ryan McLaren; Best Rare Breed: Thuringian Female, Peter Hamill.
Thanks to all the other prize winners and competitors, as without you all we would not have a show. Also thanks to judges Robert McKibbin, Colin Wood, John Messenger and Nobby Ward, to Bo Davidson for the excellent photographs, which are much appreciated.
n Next show is at Saintfield on Saturday, June 15.