SOCIETY President Lord An-
thony Hamilton welcomed everyone along to Fer-managh Show’s Awards Ceremony, with a special greeting to guest speaker Norman Fulton, Deputy Secretary for Food and Farming at DAERA.
Adrian Irvine, Society Chairman, was delighted so many exhibitors could attend the awards ceremony and said it was great to see so many young people present.
Adrian focused on the future of shows in Northern Ireland, noting that all shows are finding it increasingly difficult to keep afloat with the increased costs of services and the added burden of bureaucratic systems that must be complied with.
He said that shows are kept on the road simply because there are so many individuals who volunteer to steward to ensure sections are rolled out and the agriculture show continues into the future.
Shows in the Republic of Ireland are in a more favourable position having received funding for the 2018 and recently for the 2019 season, the funding will be delivered across all Irish shows, however, despite nine shows in Northern Ireland being affiliated to the Irish Shows’ Association, the funding cannot come North.
As a result, the society is appealing to DAERA to look at ways of further supporting shows as one of the best annual showcases for the agri-food industry.
More than 80 trophies were presented by Mr Fulton who was presented with a hamper of Fermanagh Fine Foods. Mr Fulton spoke of the importance of the shows in Northern Ireland the role that they have played over so many years. He congratulated everyone who had won trophies.
A vote of thanks from Alan Veitch was proposed on behalf of all exhibitors and he thanked the society and the Committee
of Management for continuing to roll out the biggest annual event
He further thanked the judges and stewards for all their involvement and said the society was indebted to all those business who sponsor sections at Fermanagh Show.
Chairman Adrian Irvine also congratulated all those who had won trophies, adding that we cannot forget the thousands who won prizes but not trophies, as it is
the taking part that is really important.
He went on to thank the Directors of the Ulster Farmers Mart Co Ltd for allowing the use of such great premises and for the help of all their staff.
He thanked judges, stewards, sponsors and service providers including Vernon Murphy and team who provided such an excellent service. He also thanked the PSNI, Fire Service, Ballinamallard Band, St John Ambulance, friends and neighbours, the farming Press and Killyhevlin Hotel.
So many people and businesses give support to the show that it would be impossible to thank everyone individually so the society would like to say a huge thank you to anyone who has helped over the past year.
Fermanagh Show will be held on August 6-7. Hopefully you will be exhibiting and doing what you do well again next year!