Agricultural shows are playing a greater role than ever within all our rural communities, according to Northern Ireland Shows Association (NISA) chairman Bill Leeman.
He was speaking at last weekend’s Antrim Show, which hosted two of the association’s flagship event finals: the McLarnon’s sponsored Dairy Cow of the Year and the Danske Bank sponsored Ewe Championship.
“Increasingly, rural communities are taking greater ownership of their local shows. And this is mirrored in the significantly increased number of exhibitors and competors taking part in all our events this year,” he said.
“Crowd numbers are also well up at all the events held in 2015. And, I firmly believe that all of this bodes well for the future of the agricultural show circuit.
“This year’s Antrim Show is a perfect example of this progress. The organising team has put in an enormous amount of work to develop a tremendous event, which constitutes a perfect shop window for the farming industry and our rural way of life.”