Why 15,000 people are set to attend Virginia Show this year

Virginia Show attracts over 15,000 people to Cavan every year and this year there is again set to be an all-encompassing range of events to suits all tastes.

The show has long been renowned as an event with visitors from all over Ireland and the UK travelling to Cavan every August.

So note the date, Wednesday August 19, it’s definitely one for the diary.

One of the show’s highlights the 2015 Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Cow Competition is now open for entries from dairy breeders across the island of Ireland. This prestigious livestock competition is sponsored by Diageo in conjunction with its cream supplier Glanbia Ingredients Ireland and carries a top prize of €2,500.

The also show includes:

  • Over 120 trade stands;
  • Live entertainment;
  • Artisan food stands;
  • Cookery demonstration by Nevin Maguire;
  • Fashion shows;
  • Sheep shearing demonstrations;
  • Dog agility competitions; and,
  • Childrens entertainment.

According to show Secretary, Mary Gaynor, continued efforts are under way to get ready for this years show which promises to be picture perfect, with over 200 committee members and almost 500 classes.

“The show committee are getting ready for this years show since last year and this is evident in the list of highlights on the table for the 2015 show.

“Whether its cattle, horses, sheep, poultry, home industries, children’s classes or art and craft is your thing, there is something for everyone from National Finals to National Qualifiers,” she said.

Gaynor said the importance of shows cannot be underestimated and added that Virginia Show Society constantly strive for innovative new ideas and are constantly coming up with new ways to move forward.

“At Virginia Show Society we believe in developing the show constantly and realise that cross border cooperation is key, we need to work together as Team Ireland.

“We must identify ways to become larger and more competitive and feel the benefits that arise because of this.

“Virginia Show promotes all that is good in rural Ireland; it has expanded from its agricultural base to hold an interest for all the family,” Gaynor said.

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