This year’s Ballymoney Show will get off to a start next weekend (June 5 and 6) opening to the public at 2.30pm.
It’s all action for Equestrian lovers commencing at 3pm with Local Pony Ridden Classes followed by Pony & Hunter Breeding Classes and then at 4pm the Unaffiliated Pony & Horse Jumping run by The Route Hunt Branch of the Pony Club.
Both these classes will commence at the published times with entries to be taken on the field from 2.30pm.
Additionally the North West Working Hunter Pony & Horse competitions commence at 5pm, again with entries being taken on the field. Please remember all entries for these classes are now taken on the day and due to the large number of entries last year we recommend you get there early!
We also have a specialised food market marquee with a range of edible goods available for purchase.
We also have a cookery demonstration area, with a few differing demonstrations lined up over the two days. Most notably we are delighted to welcome back celebrity chef – Paula McIntyre - who will be doing demonstrations over both show days.
Moving on to our four legged friends, there’s a chance for anyone to have an entry at Ballymoney Show with our Annual Pet Show, which is open to any pet, costs nothing to enter and will commence at 6.30pm sharp.
Next up on the agenda for Friday night is the Companion Dog Show held under Kennel Club Rules & Regulations. This will commence at 6.45pm.
There will be Novelty Classes, Pedigree Classes and Obedience Classes.
At 8pm local music legend Alastair Coyles will entertain the crowds with his country hits and candid banter. Alastair is no stranger to Ballymoney Show and we look forward to top tapping evening’s entertainment from him.
Once again we have the N.I. YFC Football competition, with upwards on 40 teams competing for the coveted titles in three sections – Girls Open, Under 18 Boys and Over 18 Boys. You can come and view the talent pitch side as the competition gets underway at 7.00pm.
A big hit with all the kids (and some big kids too) there will be a chance to have a chat with Peppa Pig, have your face painted, and not forgetting the Puppet Show and Magic Shows, all of which will be running on both the Friday and Saturday.
Of course, don’t forget the hotly contended Tug-O-War competition which will get underway around 9pm and will still be pulling strong at dark!
On Saturday the serious business of judging continues in earnest with judges travelling from all over the British Isles to judge the premium of livestock in our Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Poultry, Horses & Ponies Sections.
All livestock judging gets underway at 10am.
If you’re not too exhausted from Friday night there’s a great line up of events and attractions for all ages on Saturday too.
Our DJ will kick off with some tunes and requests first thing in the morning, then we have the return of the ever-popular Bonnie Baby Competition. This year’s competition has various sections for babies from birth to 4 years of age, with lots of prizes up for grabs. So make sure you’re there a good 30 minutes early to place your entry, as judging is due to get underway at 11am.
If you’re not quite up and going by that stage then at 11.30am our dancers ‘Jig in the Bann’ will be sure to ‘wake you up’ as they get moving to the beat.
At 12 noon we are delighted to bring you ‘Ritchie Remo’ live on stage at Ballymoney Show, a very popular young man with the ladies, he’s sure to get one or two hot under the collar – an event not to be missed.
Highlight of the day will be our Grand Prize Winners Parade which will get underway at approximately 2.45pm. First will be the Horses, followed by the Cattle and Goats.
Above all the cream of Ulster’s Livestock will be on display – Horses, Ponies, Pedigree Cattle, Sheep, Goats & Poultry. We have a tremendous entry this year in all sections, and are delighted that Horse, Pony and Goats entries are all increased from previous years. Also a great display in Home Industries, Craft and Home Baking, and over 1000 entries from local children in the School’s Section.
So pack the family in the car and make a big day out of it !