The Northern Ireland Shows Association has confirmed the dates of thirteen agricultural shows that will take place in 2022.
According to the body, Killyleagh and Newry agricultural shows will not occur this year.
Show season will kick off in mid-May in Northern Ireland, with the calendar set to draw to a close in early December.
The following agricultural shows will take place in Northern Ireland in 2022:
- Balmoral: May 11th-14th;
- Ballymoney: June 3rd-4th;
- Lurgan: June 4th;
- Armagh: June 11th;
- Saintfield: June 18th;
- Ballymena: June 15th;
- Omagh: July 1st (equestrian) and July 2nd;
- Castlewellan: July 15th;
- Londonderry/Limavady: July 16th;
- Antrim: July 23rd;
- Clogher Valley: July 27th;
- Fermanagh: August 3rd and 4th;
- Winter Fair: December 8th.
In other related news, Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show will return to the Butterfield Estate, Blueball, on Sunday, August 14th, 2022.
Organisers have confirmed that plans are underway for a “special” return of Ireland’s largest one-day agricultural show.
Michael Dolan, chairman of its livestock committee, stated:
“There is a huge appetite for people to get back into the showing ring, doing what they love best.”
“During the pandemic, he noted that a lot of young people have developed an interest in showing livestock. Some classes may be adjusted to allow for more young stock and young handlers.”
National Ploughing Championships
After a two-year absence, the National Ploughing Championships will return to Ratheniska in September 2022.
The three-day event will occur in Co Laois on September 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2022.
Organisers claim that the largest outdoor event in the Irish calendar is set for a “huge comeback” this September.
2019 saw the biggest event to date, with almost 300,000 passing through the gates. Last year, organisers held a ‘behind closed doors’ event in line with public health guidelines.