Iverk Show organisers pray for Indian Summer

Iverk Agricultural Show organisers are accepting entries to its huge range of competitions up to the new show date of Saturday, September 15 and they are praying for a good spell of weather.

Iverk Agricultural Show organisers are accepting entries to its huge range of competitions up to the new show date of Saturday, September 15 and they are praying for a good spell of weather.

The show, which was originally scheduled for last Saturday, August 25, has been moved forward three weeks due to the recent bad weather which made conditions unsuitable for car parking in the fields next to the showgrounds in Piltown.

Iverk is the South East’s biggest agricultural show. It is celebrating its 186th anniversary and is expected to attract up to 25,000 people from all over the region.

It will be officially opened by Fianna Fail MEP Liam Aylward, who will update visitors from farming backgrounds on the latest Single Farm Payment negotiations in Europe.

Iverk Show President Joe Malone said all the competition entrants and other participants in the show have been notified of the date change.

With more than 20 agriculture shows cancelled this summer due to bad weather, Joe and his committee are praying for an Indian summer this September.

“We have our fingers crossed that the weather will pick up over the next few weeks. You never know,” he said, pointing out that the show has been traditionally lucky with good weather.

There will be 40 Horse and Pony classes and the most prestigious will be the All-Ireland Broodmare and Foal Championship, sponsored by Tennyson Grass Machinery.

And in showjumping, horses and ponies will be competing over five jumping arenas at the show throughout the day. The highlight will be the €2,000 Mini Grand Prix , sponsored by Redmills.

There will be 45 Cattle Show classes with AIBP, Ferrybank, sponsoring the Beef Bullock under 780kgs, which boasts a prize fund of €2,000 and Dawn Meats sponsoring the main Heifer Class under 680kgs with a prize fund of €1,500.

The top competition in the Dairy Section is the €2,000 Maid of Glanbia Dairy Heifer Class, which has been divided into two classes, one for heifers with no permanent teeth and the other for heifer with up to two teeth.

The 19 Sheep Classes will take place in Belline field while the Dog Show commences at 1.30pm with entries opening at 10.30am.

There is a large Poultry Section of 25 Classes and RTE’s agriculture show “Ear to the Ground” will be televising this section as part of their Autumn schedule.

The home baking and produce competitions will also be fiercely contested. jams, cakes, fruit and vegetable classes. An entry of up to 100 cakes is expected in the show’s famous Cherry Cake competition, sponsored by Iverk Produce.

There will be a huge marquee for the show’s Arts and Crafts Section and fashion shows will be staged there throughout the day.. The Bonny Baby Competition takes place at 2.45pm with a prize for everybody and there will be Most Appropriately Dressed Lady contest.

The Plaza and family/garden area will also be well worth a visit with some new attractions in these areas along with entertainment from the music centre for entertainment throughout the day.

The Iverk Food Hall and Small Industries Section are now a major part of the show as are all the trade stands throughout the grounds. There is some extra trade space available this year but the advice is ‘book early’ or you won’t get a space.

There will also be plenty of entertainment for children at the showgrounds.

All information on the show’s competitions including the prize list and recipes are available on website www.iverkshow.com.

For other queries contact Sara Conlon at (051) 644621.

All other phone numbers are available on the show’s website. Online entries for horses and ponies are now available on the show website.