Ciara Hendy from Ballybrittas, Laois and Aoife Breen from Tullaroan, Kilkenny at the 2015 Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show. Picture: Jeff Harvey
As one of Europe’s largest agricultural events, the Tullamore Show & AIB National Livestock Show, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style with a guest-list of over 60,000 expected to attend on Sunday, August 14.
It promises to be the best year yet for the hugely successful event with a prize-fund of €168,000 across 1,000-plus competitions in everything from livestock to baking to inventions.
As always, there will also a be a host of other attractions for all the family, including a Country Music Jamboree, starring Michael English; a range of demonstrations, featuring a cooking tutorial from Neven Maguire; fashion shows; a vintage car and machinery display; a rare animal breeds’ corner alongside 700 trade stands.
Held on the beautiful 250-acre Butterfield Estate, the Tullamore Show has grown from humble beginnings to an annual institution - primarily on the back of hard work of countless volunteers.
Now in his final year as Chairman, Rodney Cox, explains: “The Show simply wouldn’t be feasible without hundreds of volunteers each year, primarily from the farming community, who give up their time to make sure everything runs smoothly.
“Everyone, from the executive committee to the parking stewards, buys into what it means to the local area. There’s a lot of pride and love behind making it a success, but a lot of hard work, as well. It’s a tribute to the can-do attitude and cooperative spirit of the farming community that we’re still here and growing after 25 years. I believe we’ll be saying the same thing for our 50th anniversary.”
The full schedule of competitions is now available on the Show’s website (www.tullamoreshow.com) - with July 20 the final date for online entries, while hard copies of entry forms must submitted via post by July 8. Those interested in attending can save up to 20 per cent on tickets by buying them online before the day of the Show.