The Armagh County Agricultural Show and Country Festival will be held on Saturday 10th June 2017 in the beautiful surroundings of Gosford Forest Park, close to the village of Markethill, on the main Armagh / Newry Road, 6 miles from Armagh and 12 miles from Newry. View Armagh Show at Gosford Forest Park in Google Maps.
Armagh County Show is one of the longest-running Shows in Ireland with a report of a Show being held in the City of Armagh as far back as 1829. The agri-food and rural focus of the Show remains its central theme and this continues to be the driving force behind its organisation. However, in addition, every effort is made to cater for all tastes and interests of the thousands of visitors that attend the event each year and the programme is constantly updated to reflect and respond to those interests. A brief synopsis of the main attractions at the Armagh Show is as follows:
Livestock Classes: The full range of classes will be on parade for Dairy and Beef Cattle, Sheep, Goats and Pigs …. and maybe even other rare and exotic breeds! In the cattle and sheep rings, classes for rare and minority breeds will be held and there are a number of qualifying classes for stock to qualify for finals held at other shows later in the year. In the afternoon, after all the stock have been judged, there is a parade of cattle prize-winners around the cattle lawns and this is a sight not to be missed.
Equestrian Classes: Again, in the equestrian section, there is a full range of in-hand and ridden classes for ponies and horses including, donkeys, clydesdales and miniatures. There is also an number of Irish Shows Association Qualifiers for in-hand horses and these are listed in the prize Schedule. There is also unaffiliated show jumping for ponies and horses with an attractive prize fund. All the classes and other activities in the equestrian section are listed in the Prize Schedule on the Forms Page and entries can be made online.
Home Industries: Year on year, the Home Industries entries for both adults and schools continues to grow and competition for rosettes is keen. In addition, other attractions in this area include: cookery demonstrations, small food and craft stalls and the popular bonny baby competition. Make sure to visit the marquees and take a leisurely walk around the exhibition and browse through the goods on offer at the many trade and craft stalls.
A feast of fine food at Armagh Show. After the success of the Artisan Food Market and cookery demonstration last year we are hoping to repeat this aspect of the Show and plan to run a Food Village area showcasing local artisan and speciality food produce. This really will give visitors to the Show the chance to experience the agri-food industry from ‘gate to plate’ and to discover the delights of locally produced artisan food and drink.
Other attractions: There are many other competitions and activities for visitors to enjoy at Armagh Show including the prestigious N Ireland Hound Show. In addition, we will continue to run a wide range of enjoyable activities including: the hugely popular Dog Show and for the first time, dog agility classes.; the large Vintage exhibition; the funfair; live music; tug of war competition; young farmers´club activities and the large number of trade stands advertising and selling their wares …… and many other attractions too numerous to mention. There will be something to entertain everyone … both young and old …… get there early to enjoy it all!
Make a date in you diary and come and enjoy all the fun with your family at the Armagh County Agricultural Show on Saturday 11th June 2016 in the beautiful surroundings of Gosford Forest Park …… a day not to be missed!
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