LURGAN SHOW 2016 Launched at Palace

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ORGANISERS of the Lurgan Show launched their forthcoming 104th year show last week.
The launch event, held for the first time at the historic Palace, Armagh was kindly hosted by the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, Councillor Darren Causby.
Proceedings commenced with a warm welcome by Show Secretary Michele Doran to the dozens of volunteer committee members, sponsors and elected representatives, all who contribute, year on year, to ensure the show’s success.
Guest Speaker for the evening was Mr John Henning, Head of Agricultural Relations, Danske Bank.
Mr Henning delivered a meaningful address to the assembled guests, whilst praising the efforts of all involved in preparing for another county show event.
The launch was also the perfect platform upon which it was announced that the Lurgan Show will this year again be supporting two charities- the Southern Area Hospice and Meningitis Research.
Representatives from both charities were in attendance and spoke at the show launch.
Show Chairman, Winston Humphries, in delivering his address, welcomed a number of new committee members who have recently joined the Society. He also expressed his thanks to the generosity of the wider farming community and businesses who support the show.
Show organisers are pleased to announce a number of new attractions are being held at Lurgan this year in conjunction with the local council.
June is the Northern Ireland Good Food month of Dairy and with this, a range of cookery and food taster demonstrations will be showcased.
In addition, an expanded rural skills village will be displaying a varied range of traditional skills and crafts.

EQUESTRIAN
Lurgan Show being held this year on Saturday 4th June will commence with Equestrian events at approximately 8am. The horse arenas will host many major qualifiers for SHB, Ponies (UK), Equifest, Irish Shows Association and The North of England Show.
Pennie Bunting, Horse Secretary will be endeavouring to do all to ensure that a great display of classes will be running all day. Lurgan also host classes for Clydesdales, Miniature Horses, Donkeys and many more.
The Show Society are pleased to announce that for the first time in Northern Ireland as a non-area show, Lurgan will this year be awarding Welsh Pony & Cob Society Bronze Medals within the Welsh In-Hand Section.
The Equestrian schedule is now available and all entries, with the exception of the Donkey classes, must be with equestrian secretary on or before before Saturday 21st May.
Contact: Pennie: 07769903187
CATTLE
The cattle section will offer some 101 classes in 2016. Judges will be travelling from across the British Isles. A new Cup, presented to the Show Society at the launch, was kindly presented by the Savage Family, Clogher, Donacloney in memory of the Late George Savage, a faithful supporter of Lurgan Show. The Challenge Cup will be offered to the Champion in the Rare/ Traditional/ Minority breed in show.
Classes will also once again be offered for the British Blue breed, with judge Ian McFadden, Castledawson. Once Again, many qualifiers are on offer including the Minsups Charolais Championship, the McLarnons Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship, the Linden Foods/NISA Pedigree Beef Heifer Championship, the Bank of Ireland Blonde Calf Championship, the Bank of Ireland/NISA Junior Bull Championship and a points show for the British Simmental Competition. The Northern Ireland Holstein Breeders Club will be offering an award for the Champion Female pedigree Holstein, whilst the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association will present rosettes for the Champions of the show. In addition, a number of sponsors will be supporting the prize fund including McLarnon Feeds, Genus, Kilco Dairy Hygiene and Woodside Farm.
Contact: Sandra-07855020670
SHEEP
Running alongside the Cattle Lawn on show day, there will be the ever expanding sheep section. Lurgan will this year host the largest number of sheep classes held to-date for potential exhibitors. 105 classes are on offer with qualifiers for the Danske Bank/NISA Sheep Championship, The Clogher Valley Cydection Young Handlers Qualifier and the NI Continental Sheep final qualifier.
Contact: Adina- 07803353806
GOATS
Show representatives are pleased to announce that classes have also increased in this section, with 18 Classes now available to a broad range of goat breeds.
Lurgan Show Society are delighted to now be working in co-operation with the NI Pygmy Goat Club, after hosting pygmy classes independently at the show for the past number of years. A generous prize fund is available to both Champion and Reserve Champion with Mr Stephen Cherry, Templepatrick, judge for the event.
Contact: John-07855007746
POULTRY.
Section Chairman, Mr Trevor Gardiner has confirmed 112 classes for a range of hard feather, soft feather, waterfowl and true bantams will be available for intending exhibitors.
Contact: Ailene- 38329956
VINTAGE
All types of vintage, classic and customised vehicles are welcome to Lurgan Show. Registration can occur on arrival at the showgrounds, this via the Windsor Avenue entrance, accessible from the Town Centre. Admission fee for vehicles is only £5 which includes access to the show and a specially commissioned Lurgan Show Mug.

HOME INDUSTRIES/ SCHOOLS SECTION
The Home Industries section will showcase a vast array of incredible talent. Ranging from Floral Art, painting, miniature gardens, baking, sewing, and photography, the 3000 plus exhibits will be what is on offer in Kings Park Primary School, located adjacent and accessible from the showgrounds. Entries for this section close on 5th May.
Contact: Mary- 07575636540
TRADE STANDS
A number of pitches are still available for trade stands. For further details and to book your space, contact 07732172214 (After 6pm)
Full details of prize schedules and entry forms are available at: www.lurganshow.co.uk or info@lurganshow.co.uk

ENTRIES CLOSE FOR ALL OTHER SECTIONS ON SATURDAY 21ST MAY

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April 26th, 2016

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