In this article, a spokesperson for Ballyshannon Agricultural Show previews this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday.
Sunday, August 20th, 2023 sees the 30th Ballyshannon Agricultural Show take place on the Donegal road, Ballyshannon.
As it enters its third decade, the show has rightly earned a reputation as one of the highlights of the summer show season.
The show is affiliated to the Irish Shows Association & the Irish Pony Society and provides a display platform for cattle, sheep, dogs, horses, ponies, poultry, home industries, arts and crafts.
A new event this year at the show is a tractor shine, competition which is being run by the local Donegal Bay Macra Club, who will also be there to answer any questions, if you may have an interest in joining them as membership is open to all everyone from 16-35 years.
The local Donegal Bay Macra club are also running two other events of name the lamb & guess the hours on the tractor, with funds the raised from these two events going to the Dillon Feely Recovery Fund, so please come along and support this worthy cause.
The final of All-Ireland Traditional Craft Final which was held annually from 2016 on
due to the Covid 19 pandemic with qualifiers from around the island of Ireland converging on the day of the final.
This is kindly sponsored by the local company, White Hotel Group, whose head office is based in Ballyshannon.
The show is also home to the All-Ireland Continental Ewe Final which is also returning from its hiatus due to Covid-19.
Exhibitors can enter this event directly with the show before the closing date.
No show day would be complete without the dog show, starting at 1pm and the bonny baby competition. Entries for these events will be taken on the day.
The show always provides a complete family fun day out with a number of free activities taking place throughout the day in the field.
These include face painting, a kid’s treasure hunt, sheep shearing demonstration from Karol Devaney from Ewe Knit, or also come along and also see the James Prenty working ducks with his dog.
There will also be free live music in the afternoon provided by local group the Rockhill Ramblers.
Amusements will also be available on the day (charges apply).
We will also be holding a Free Little Mr & Mrs Farmer throughout the day for children.
If you are interested in getting involved with the show, please get in contact with any of the committee as new members and new ideas are always welcome. Feel free to bring along your friends as well.
The schedules for this year’s show are now available to download from the show’s website.