Pictured at the launch of the show at Lisnagree Farm owned by Jim and Catherine Geoghegan, Streamstown, earlier this year, were Pat Gilligan, Head of Sales Midlands & West FBD, Joseph Molloy, show chairman, Jim & Catherine Geoghegan, animal handler, Chelsey Cox McDonald, Secretary and John Cahalan, Chief Commercial Officer FBD.

Entries close shortly for Tullamore Show

Entries are closing shortly for the Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show.

The show the largest one-day event of its kind, is returning this year on Sunday, August 14, on the 250-acre Butterfield Estate, Tullamore, where you can experience the best of farming, food and rural life.

With 1,000 competitions as the core element of this wonderful event, the closing date for accepting entries is fast approaching. Postal entries close on July 1 and online entries on July 6. Full details of all the classes and the online entry process is available on www.tullamoreshow.com

There will be very keen competition for a massive prize fund of €175,000 on offer, together with a range of highly sought-after gold medals, rosettes and cups to be won on the day.

There are more than 1,000 classes on offer across a variety of sections including dairy cattle, pedigree cattle, commercial cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, fashion, dogs, horticulture and farm produce, cookery and food, craft and needlework, art and photography, national inventions competitions, and poultry.

The prizes are competed for by the very best livestock producers in Ireland vying for the many national titles and the coveted gold medals. Also offered are many children’s classes from showing stock to cookery and crafts.

Trade stands cover some 80 acres and include farm machinery, agricultural and industrial supplies, garden, home and leisure, food, crafts, tourism and travel, fashion, gadgets and gismos, not to mention new products to the market with plenty of surprises.

With over 60,000 people expected to attend, all roads will lead to Tullamore as people travel from Ireland and abroad, to soak up all the atmosphere, with competitions, exhibitions, music, fashion and entertainment on offer at the Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show. This country living showcase captures the finest elements of Irish life from traditional practices to modern displays of farming.

The entertainment sector of the show has numerous attractions on the band stand with the Garda Band performing at the opening ceremony. This year Olivia Douglas and band is among the many musical attractions.

New to the show this year will be the Odlums Pavilion with chef Adrian Maguire and the queen of baking Catherine Leyden giving cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

Also featured will be a children’s play area for the young folk, talks, tips and hints workshops with a special workshop the Lego building challenge.

There will also be a Vintage Machinery Display, fabulous flower shows, and the FBD National Macra Na Feirme Farm Skills Competition. In the Fashion and Features Pavilion you could spend hours browsing stands and enjoying fashion shows.

There are also free competitions running from Best Dressed Lady to Bonny Baby, Little Miss Offaly to Glamorous Granny, the whole family can take part. Tickets are on sale now www.tullamoreshow.com online for €20 or on the day for €25. Tullamore Show really is a great family day out with free entry for children under 12.