Sun set to shine on 25,000 expected to attend Kilkenny’s Iverk Show
By COLIN BARTLEY
A TOTAL of €90,000 will be up for grabs tomorrow at Ireland’s oldest agricultural show held annually in Kilkenny.
The Iverk Show organisers expect up to 25,000 people to attend this year. And the good news is the sun is set to shine on the event.
Now one of the country’s premier one-day family events, the Iverk show mixes the traditional with the modern. First held in 1826 and now in its 192nd year, the show is renowned for attracting the best of breeds, agriculture, food and country crafts.
As always there is judging of classes for horses, sheep, cattle, poultry and dogs. Alongside these, there are prizes for best in crafts, flowers, fruit, cakes, vegetables, farm produce, arts, jams and honey.
There is a competition for the “Most Appropriately Dressed Lady” and a bonny baby competition as well as a fashion show. While the display of vintage cars and tractors, next door to the most modern technology in farming machinery is a huge draw. While the showjumping and gymkhana always entertains.
The Iverk Show is a platform for hundreds of artisan food traders and small indoor industries, to larger agricultural companies and everything in between.
Tickets can be bought at the Piltown Showground’s entrance and cost €15 for adults and €10 for OAPs. Children under-12 have free entry if accompanied by an adult.