Iverk Show is getting better and better every year
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.