Final preparations are taking place this weekend ahead of the 147th Balmoral Show.
Balmoral Park has been a hive of activity for weeks now as motorists along the M1 have watched the site develop, with huge marquees being erected as showtime approaches.
This year’s show promises the usual components of food, farming excellence and showmanship alongside an even more exciting entertainment schedule from 13th-15th May.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s show, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society chief executive Colin McDonald said that it was hoped to build on the success of the 2014 event.
“We were extremely encouraged by the increase in activity at the 2014 Show. We are determined to build on that success,” he said.
“The 2015 Show will be bigger again with more livestock competition, more stands and displays and most importantly more to see, do and enjoy.”
Balmoral Show promises to be bigger and better this year as tens of thousands of people flock to Ireland’s largest agri-food event which has increased in size by 10% for 2015.
One such development is the new SPAR Arena which is a dedicated area for fun family entertainment, including everything from Circus Workshops to Falconry.
The Sustainable Village is another exciting addition, providing a showcase of innovative products, materials, ideas and information for anyone interested in harnessing, improving, or even just measuring, energy efficiency, recycling performance and waste management.
As 2016 is announced as Northern Ireland’s Year of Food, Balmoral Show continues to support and provide a platform for local producers with the NI Food Pavilion.
In an exciting first in Northern Ireland, visitors will be able to watch live robotic milking. This agricultural spectacle will enthral crowds as Lely and Draynes Farm team up with the RUAS to bring forty cows to the Show, who line up of their own accord to be milked by a Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system.
Adrenaline junkies will be captivated by the main arena attraction as Jason Smyth Stunt Show performs daredevil moves throughout the three days. However if you prefer to indulge in retail therapy the NI Food Pavilion and Shopping Village are perfect for spending an afternoon browsing the plethora of tantalising goodies on offer.
The Young Farmer’s Clubs of Ulster make a return as they encapsulate the energy and enthusiasm of the Show in their various activities from Tug of War to Tractor Handling.
Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank takes place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn between Wednesday 13 and Friday 15 May 2015. Opening times are 9.30am – 8.30pm (Wednesday and Thursday) and 9.30am – 8.00pm (Friday).