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RUAS launches 152nd Balmoral Show

The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) has launched the 152nd Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank.

As Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event, it promises to be four “fun-filled days out for all the family”.

It will take place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn, from Wednesday, September 22nd to Saturday, September 25th, 2021.

152nd Balmoral Show

With an array of trade stands to browse, the ever-popular competitions and classes competing for prestigious Balmoral titles, the NI Food Pavilion showcasing the very best of local produce and a wide range of family entertainment and attractions.

Alan Crowe, RUAS Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to officially launch the 2021 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank. “

“This week marks the seven-week countdown until the 152nd Balmoral Show, and plans are well underway.”

“We are excited to welcome visitors back to Balmoral Park for the 2021 Balmoral Show.”

“We have implemented several necessary changes to ensure a Covid-safe event, and the safety and well-being of our visitors, exhibitors, stewards, officials and contractors remains the greatest importance.’’

Top-class attractions

As always, there will be “top-class” attractions at this year’s show.

The show will feature an enhanced national showjumping schedule, including two new championships. These include the young rider championship and the national grand prix.

The show will also feature some new additions, such as the RAF parachute team and a polo exhibition.

Visitors can also look forward to the return of many family favourites. These include the children’s farm, downtown show stage, healthy horticulture area, many mobile family attractions, and the NI Food Pavilion will all return to the showgrounds.

Alan concluded: ‘‘We cannot wait to bring Balmoral back for 2021.”

“As always, the show promises a fun-filled day out, with so much to see and do. There really is something for everyone.”

“Whether you are looking for a family day out, fantastic food or the chance to see exceptional livestock displays, it’s all in the show.”

‘‘We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support, especially our principal sponsor Ulster Bank and our platinum sponsors, ABP, Marks & Spencer’s, SPAR and TESCO.”

Big event for local farming sector

Cormac McKervey, senior agriculture manager, Ulster Bank, added:

“The cancellation of the 2020 Show reinforced for many just how big an event Balmoral is for the local farming sector, not only in terms of economic importance but also the social aspect of the show.”

“I know our teams across Ulster Bank are looking forward to returning to Balmoral Park in September for what promises to be an excellent event for farmers and those connected with the sector and, of course, for families and day-trippers in search of a great day out.”

“Ulster Bank’s message is that we are proud to reaffirm our commitment to the local agri-food industry.”

“We recognise that these are challenging times for many farmers and producers. We want to use our sponsorship of the Balmoral Show to reassure our agri-customers that we are here to guide them through this period.”

“While some elements may look and feel different, we welcome the opportunity to meet, share experiences and offer support for the year ahead. We are looking forward to catching up with colleagues and friends across the four days of the show.”

Purchase tickets

Tickets are now available to purchase online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk. Please note this year, tickets are day specific only and must be purchased before the show.

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