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2017 LURGAN SHOW- Lurgan Show 2017 will be held on Saturday 3rd June

New Premium Sponsors announced for 2016!

Two Charities to be supported at Lurgan 2016

Two local charities will be in attendance at Lurgan Show 2016

Southern Area Hospice Services & Meningitis Research will both be providing advise and information on show day.
Be sure to pop along and support both of these charities on show day- Saturday 4th June

LURGAN SHOW 2016 Launched at Palace

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

SHOW VACANCY

SECTION VACANCY

Lurgan Show Society wishes to appoint a
Home Industries Section co-ordinator.

The person appointed will act as Secretary to the Home Industries Section.
The person will also be responsible for the administration for this section and reporting directly to the overall Show Committee.
An honorarium is paid.
The person appointed will need to:
Be able to work on their own initiative and have a flexible approach
Be computer literate, including emails and preferably excel
Deal effectively with telephone queries and be a good communicator
Be able to work to and meet deadlines
Ideally have an interest in or knowledge of arts and crafts & local schools
The workload is unevenly distributed throughout the year and is busier closer to show date.
The job entails carrying out the following type of tasks:
Attending meetings
Following up action points from meetings
Working with the Committee in preparation for the annual show.
Preparing and distributing the Home Industries Show schedule in conjunction with the Home Industries committee.
Together with the other Secretaries, taking Section show entries.
Order and prepare rosettes and prize cards for show day
Ensure judging books are prepared for show day and collate the results for the press
Deal with the return of trophies from the previous year
Liaise with the Treasurer to collect sponsorship
Send out tickets/ exhibitor/ judges information before the show
Liase with local schools/ presentation of schools awards after Show day.

Applications should be made to Mrs Noelle Menaul- 028 406 28974 or info@lurganshow.co.uk

Home Industries 2015 Record Entries

2015 saw record entries in the Home Industries Section with entries encompassing all aspects of Home Industries. We are again indebted to the Principal & Staff of King's Park Primary School, Lurgan who permit the use of the school to best display all entries. The wealth of talent in the Lurgan area is amazing and each year we look forward as the entry standard gets better and better.
A HUGE thank you to Kathy, Helen, Noelle & all the ladies who work tirelessly in this section read on this page.
Well done to all the prize winners and to those who did not win .... remember it is the taking part that matters and everyone who visited Kings Park School were very impressed with all the entries.

Already planning for 2016 show - so anyone who would like to help in any way please contact us at info@lurganshow.co.uk

Election of Officers 2013

Lurgan & District Horse & Cattle Show Society committee recently held a very successful family BBQ and social evening at Bleary Farmers Hall to round off a very successful show year.

The event was attended by a large gathering of Show Officials, office bearers, members and helpers along with family and friends.

It was a great opportunity to engage with each other and reflect upon the year past. This event also rounded off the 2013 show year and prior to the forthcoming AGM and commencement of another nine months of planning working towards the 2014 show.

The Committee are always keen to keep expanding the show and open for new ideas and suggestions.

However, to progress and develop the annual event, more volunteers are required. If you believe you can offer any help or assistance, no matter how small, it would be greatly appreciated.

Meetings are held monthly at Bleary Farmers Hall. For more details contact: Michele Doran- 07732172214 or lurganshow@hotmail.co.uk.

The following have been duely elected for the 2013/ 2014 year:

Patron: Hugh HARRIS
President: William MARTIN
Vice Presidents: David & Stella RILEY
Chair : Winston HUMPHRIES
Vice Chair: John HARRISON
General Secretary}
Treasurer }: Michele DORAN
Asst Hon Secretary: Noelle MENAUL
Asst Hon Treasurer} Margaret HARKNESS
} Lisa CURRY
Horse & Pony Chair: Alex MARTIN
Horse & Pony Secretary: Pennie BUNTING
Chair Cattle: William GIBSON
Cattle Secretary: Sandra BYRNE
Chair Sheep: Robert HOLMES
Sheep Secretary: D & S RILEY
Chair Goat: Mary BLOOMER
Goat Secretary: John HARRISON
Chair Poultry: Trevor GARDINER
Poultry Secretary: Aileen SMYTH
Secretary Trade Stands: Michele DORAN
Secretary Vintage: John HARRISON
H. I reference. Chair: Helen SANDS
P.R.O.: John HARRISON
Asst PRO: Helen SANDS