Iverk Show is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery year

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CELEBRATIN­G 193 years since the first show in 1826 the 2019 Iverk Show boost a range of new and re­struc­tured classes. This year’s show will be held on the 24th Au­gust and if the prize list is any­thing to go by it will be big­ger and bet­ter than ever.

From tiny tots to in­ter­na­tional su­per­stars, show jump­ing to dogs, poul­try, crafts and vin­tage ma­chin­ery, fashion and most ap­pro­pri­ately dressed ladies to mu­sic and all-day en­ter­tain­ment there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

A mas­sive prize fund of €56,455 is avail­able in the cat­tle sec­tion. Pride of place must go to the new €100,000 four-year part­ner­ship with spon­sor Aldi in as­so­ci­a­tion with ABP Food Group and the Ir­ish An­gus Cat­tle So­ci­ety for the Ir­ish An­gus All Ire­land Bull Calf Cham­pi­onships.

The 11 pop­u­lar Friesian classes, with a to­tal prize fund of €10,565, in­cludes a new class. The pedi­gree/non-pedi­gree, dual pur­pose type bull calf born af­ter Jan­uary 1st 2019 has a prize fund of €600.

Classes for young peo­ple have al­ways been a fea­ture of Iverk Show. Iverk 2019 in­cludes two new classes for young cat­tle han­dlers. Macra na Feirme will have a stock judging com­pe­ti­tion in the com­mer­cial cat­tle ring.

The show horse and pony classes con­tinue to of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for all eques­trian en­thu­si­asts. We wel­come new spon­sor Knight Frank and AXA In­sur­ance to the All-Ire­land Brood­mare fi­nal.

We are also de­lighted to wel­come back the fi­nal of the €1,000 All Ire­land Kerry Bog Pony mare cham­pi­onship.

New this year is a qual­i­fier for the Wex­ford Sand Welsh Pony Cham­pi­onship for pure and part bred ponies. There will be the usual young horse and rid­den classes in­clud­ing side sad­dle and the fi­nal of the race horse to rid­ing horse cham­pi­onship.

There are 23 dog classes plus the fun agility events. The fan­tas­tic poul­try mar­que has 41 classes. The honey and fruit classes have been re­vamped.

The flower ar­rangers cre­ate their own magic with very in­ter­est­ing themes this year. The chil­dren’s class “All crea­tures great and small” is a trib­ute to the imag­i­na­tion of our young peo­ple.

Check out the bak­ing, arts and crafts and pho­tog­ra­phy classes. The ‘great’ cherry cake com­pe­ti­tion is very well named with over 50 en­tries.

The most ap­pro­pri­ate dressed lady will win a one night and din­ner in the 5* lux­u­ri­ous Mer­rion Ho­tel. All bony ba­bies will win prizes.

From the mighty big blues, greens and red trac­tors out­doors to the del­i­cate arte­sian foods in the food mar­ket and small busi­ness and gar­den sec­tions you will en­joy brows­ing around the 300 plus trade stands. Sustainabl­e En­vi­ron­ment

The En­vi­ron­ment is one of the most im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing us all in the fu­ture. And a sustainabl­e good en­vi­ron­ment is what we all de­sire and want es­pe­cially for our young peo­ple.

With that in mind the Iverk Show are com­bin­ing with Kilkenny County Coun­cil to bring to you all the lat­est in­for­ma­tion in a spe­cial mar­quee at the show.

There will a num­ber of speak­ers dur­ing the day dis­cussing dif­fer­ent as­pect of en­vi­ron­ment. The key­note speaker will be the Ir­ish Times Sci­ence Colum­nist and sus­tain­abil­ity consultant Han­nah Hamil­ton who spe­cialises in bio­di­ver­sity, con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

The full en­vi­ron­ment pro­gramme for the day can be seen on our web­site www.iverk­show.ie. There is so much to see and do make sure you come early.

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