More than 20,000 people will be making the pilgrimage to the Iverk Agricultural Show in Piltown near Carrick-on-Suir next week and the organisers are encouraging local emigrants to return home for the event as part of The Gathering.
Invitations have been sent to many expatriates from the Piltown area and a programme of events has been organised for them. The Iverk Show Committee hope they will give a welcome boost to the South East’s biggest agricultural show that is celebrating its 187th anniversary and takes place on Saturday, August 24.
Recently retired Farmers Journal editor Matt Dempsey will officially open the show. Environment Minister Phil Hogan, Agriculture Minister of State Tom Hayes and incoming Glanbia CEO Siobhan Talbot will be among the other high profile visitors.
Iverk Show President Joe Malone said the show will feature a huge range of equine classes and agricultural livestock and produce classes as well as show jumping, home baking, crafts and horticulture. There will be 45 cattle classes and 50 equine classes alone. Show jumping competitions will take place throughout the day in four arenas. Some of the country’s top names in the sport are expected to compete.
A new Show event is the Aldi/ABP Irish Angus Championship, the country’s biggest cattle contest boasting a €11,000 prize fund. Cattle in this national final have qualified from 15 shows.
Meanwhile, up to 100 cakes are expected to be entered in the show’s famous Cherry Cake Competition, the highlight of the hotly contested Jams, Cakes & Fruit classes.
Visitors can also browse around 200 trade stands, enjoy watching the dog show and vintage vehicles display. Other social highlights will be the Most Appropriately Dressed Lady and Bonny Baby contests. There will also be a garden/family area and poultry marquee centred around the showgrounds plaza.