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Show Launch 2019

All set for Lurgan Show 2019 with Main Sponsors ABP Food Group & Translink and new Silverware Up for Grabs!


Lurgan & District Horse & Cattle Show Society Ltd will be hosting the annual Show on Saturday 1st June 2019.

The countdown is now well underway to the County Championship event which is one of the first shows in the Northern Ireland summer agricultural show calendar.

The Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council recently hosted a Sponsors reception and Show Launch evening held in Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre.

Lurgan Show are pleased to have a number of new and key sponsors supporting this year’s event which includes ABP Food Group, Lurgan; Translink and Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council and Fane Valley.

Guest speakers at the event were Liam McCarthy of ABP Food Group, Edward Jackson of Translink and Lord Mayor Cllr Julie Flaherty.

The Family of the Late David Riley, a show stalwart, also were in attendance at the show launch and presented a specially engraved silver cup to the Cattle Section.

Prize Schedules are now available for the 2019 Show and can be obtained at




Lurgan Show will also be supporting two nominated charities during the 2019 show, these including Kidney Care UK and Action Cancer.



With around 15 classes, the Pet Show attracts at least 100 pets each year. Lurgan Show are pleased to have key sponsor Lurgan Veterinary Clinic supporting the Pet Show.

Contact Alice for more information:  07595463554



The school section is a very important element of the Lurgan Show; with around 3,500 exhibits annually between Schools and Home Industries sections. This section includes Hand Writing, Paper Craft, Miniature Gardens, Creative Craft, Cookery, Pottery and Photography. Entries in this section close on 13th May. Exhibits will be on view on show day in King’s Park School and accessed from within the Showgrounds.



The Home Industries classes also attract a great display of arts and crafts, photography, cookery, home produce including preserves as well as floral arrangements, eggs and honey.

The Show is indebted to the many sponsors of this section of the show. Around 23 cups and special prizes are up for grabs across both sections.  Lurgan Show gratefully acknowledges the support of sponsors which includes A Touch of Pink, Ballydougan Pottery, Craigavon Office Supplies, High Street Harvest, McKerr Home & Garden, Moutray’s Costcutter, Pins & Needles, Prestige Pictures, Tesco, The Cotton Shed and the Yarn Barn.

Entries close 13th May. Enquiries for Schools and Home Industries to: 028 38328752



Sponsored by a number supporters including John Thompson & Sons Ltd, H Beattie & Son, Frazers Animal Feeds and R & J Lyness Ltd, the poultry section features 112 classes for Bantam Soft & Hard Feather, waterfowl, Large Soft Feather & Rare Breeds.

For further details contact: Pauline- 07751837218



The Vintage section is a real attraction for both young and old to see the tractors and other machinery which served past generations on the land. Vehicles can simply arrive on show day and must enter the showgrounds via Windsor Avenue entrance. All exhibitors receive a specially produced ceramic mug. Entry fee is only £5.

Contact: John- 07855007746 for further details.





Over 100 Trade Stands attend Lurgan Show annually. The closing date for applications is fast approaching and indoor stall space is already well filled. For further details contact: Michele- 07732172214





This year the society has been presented with a new cup by the Riley Family of Portadown in memory of the Late David Riley, a show stalwart and former Show Secretary and Vice President- the David Riley Memorial Cup for the Champion Beef Animal in Show.


A high entry of animals is expected in the pedigree breeds Aberdeen Angus, Hereford, Blondes, British Blues, Simmental, Limousin, Beef Shorthorn and Charolais sections with a number of judges travelling from the Republic of Ireland.  Correction to Prize Schedule: The judge of the Charolais and the Simmental classes is Joe Wilson, whilst the judge of the Limousin and Blonde classes is Rodney Arbuckle.

Lurgan Show thank a range of local businesses for sponsoring the Cattle section including ABP Food Group, Lurgan, Bank of Ireland, Genus, Danske Bank, Kilco Dairy Hygiene and Woodside Farm

Lurgan Show is a qualifying show for the Limousin Show Team of the Year, Limousin Show Champion of the Year and the Gordon Bull. Meanwhile, the Blonde Cattle Club members will be able to compete in the Bank of Ireland Calf Championship and the Show Herd of the Year Qualifier. The Blonde Club will also be hosting Young Handler Competition and the Oddball Engineering Champion of Champions qualifier. Lurgan Show will also host the Bank of Ireland/ NISA Pedigree Junior Bull Championships. 102 Classes are available in the Cattle Section across many different breeds.



Lurgan Show hosts Dairy classes for Shorthorns, Ayrshires, Holstein’s and Jersey breeds. The 2019 judge is to be Mr Seamus Gunn with five cups up for grabs across four breeds.

The Thompsons/ NISA Dairy Cow Championship 2019 will also feature as a qualifier alongside the Linden Foods/ NISA Pedigree Beef Heifer Championships.



Young exhibitors are encouraged to get into the ring to show off their skills, with two classes in dairy, beef and sheep. Young people are the future of shows and Lurgan Show wishes to encourage young  persons to become involved in handling and showing. Junior Handling Classes in the Cattle section are kindly sponsored by Woodside Farm.




For 2019, the Show Society are pleased to have ABP Food Group, Lurgan continue to sponsor the sheep classes in addition to a number of other key sponsors; Clubworld Travel, Lurgan, Freeburn Farm Feeds, R J Lyness Feeds, Natural Nutrition Ltd, South Down Feeds, Farmline Agricultural Supplies, Dromara; First Trust Bank, NFU Mutual, Portadown, Lurgan Veterinary Clinic and L A Richardson & Son Butchers, the NI Texel Breeders Club and Rooney Fine Foods Ltd, Dromore.

Exhibitors competing in 101 classes will also have excellent opportunities with Qualifiers for many different breeds.

Lurgan Show are pleased to welcome a new breed to the forthcoming show, with 8 classes provided for the Berrichon breed and to be judged by Michael McHugh.

In addition, classes will again be held for the Blue Texel with judge Mr Austin Shaw confirmed to attend. Judges will be travelling from across Ireland. The Charollais Sheep Society will be presenting a special rosette to overall Charolais Champion; whilst the Rouge de L’Quest have Lurgan Show as a selected show for the qualifier for Rouge Show Flock of the Year competition. A number of other qualifier will also be held which includes the Danske Bank/ NISA Sheep Championship and the Cydectin Young Handler Sheep Qualifier. Young Handlers are also especially encouraged to exhibit with the Lurgan Veterinary Cup up for grabs.

Contact enquiries or schedule, contact: Colin- 02840671508






The popular goat section will be judged this year by renowned judge Lindsay Greer from Ballyclare, with 12 classes for many different breeds. Mrs M Bloomer MBE has kindly provided £100 sponsorship. For details contact: John- 07855007746





This section once again is set to prove popular with over 50 exhibits in 2018, the judge this year being Ms Tracey Cater from Warwickshire. For further details contact: John- 07855007746. The Northern Ireland Pygmy Goat Club have kindly supported the £100 prize fund for Champion & Reserve Champions.



Lurgan Show continues to attract increasing numbers of horses with classes for miniature ponies, shetland ponies, Connemara’s, working hunter, racehorse to riding horse, show ponies and numerous others.

A number of new classes have also been added to the Equestrian section for 2019 and sponsored by D Foster Equestrian Supplies & Livery and these include: Supreme Horse Championship; Supreme In-Hand Pony Championship and Supreme Ridden Pony Championship.

Lurgan Show also offer qualifiers in this section and for 2019 The ‘Mrs Candy Supreme Ridden Show Horse Championship; The Plevin Family Supreme Ridden Mountain and Moorland Championship; The Bryony Gribben Supreme Mini Pony Championship; The Vale Farms Ltd Supreme Ridden Pony Championship and the Dutch Dame Supreme Intermediate Championship. In addition the Welsh Pony & Cob Society will be presenting Bronze medals to the Champion in A, B and Part breed championships.  Equestrian Secretary Mrs Ros Ewing will be endeavouring to do all to ensure that a great display of classes will be running all day.

The Show Society are pleased to be able to offer Pony jumping classes, organised and supported by the Killultagh Pony Club. These classes will be hosted on the hill overlooking the magnificent Lake and rolling showgrounds below.

Lurgan Show are also indebted to have some fantastic sponsors in this section including Ewing Brothers Transport Ltd and Ronelle Stud.


Donkey and Driving Classes will once again return to the Lawn adjacent to the Jubilee Fountain and accessed via the Windsor Avenue entrance to the Showgrounds which is from the Town Centre. The Donkey section commences judging at 10am and will be overseen by Jill Castles. Three perpetual silverware cups are on offer in this section.

The Driving section will commence judging at 1pm, with the Supreme Champion to receive the Cecil Bunting Memorial Cup. All enquiries should be to Margaret- 028 92665893

The Equestrian schedule is now available and all entries must be with equestrian secretary on or before Saturday 18th May. Donkey entries to taken on show day.

Contact: Ros- 07736118965


The Show Society welcome entries from families, groups or individuals to build a free standing scarecrow not higher than 150cm or five feet. All scarecrows must be delivered to Home Industries section on Friday 31st May.

For details contact: 38328752


The Lurgan Show Society wish to take this opportunity to ask the 2018 exhibitors who have not as yet returned their silverware, to contact Winston on 07710732551 asap to arrange return.


The Lurgan Show Society are indebted to all sponsors for their continued support of the livestock, home industries, equestrian and trade sections of the show and we especially wish to thank the new sponsors.

Further details can be obtained from; or contact after 6pm- 07732172214.  

Entries Close 18th May.

New Premium Sponsors announced for 2016!

Lurgan Show Centenary

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