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Balmoral Show: 'We came as we've a two-year-old who's tractor-mad'

Visitors to the Maze give their verdict on the second day of the annual extravaganza

By Linda Stewart

Leah Graham (24), Ballynahinch, nurse

We've only been here half-an-hour but there is plenty of choice. I would be coming for a nosey at the cattle. There's more than just farming at the site - we come down and look at these boys' toys. You could spend a fortune.

Kathryn McFarlane, (27), Holywood, nurse

I loved the food court. We went round and tried everything. My favourite is the popcorn at Posh Nosh. We've come here every year since we were kids.

Diane Jones (38), Templepatrick, farmer

I loved Townend - loved their jodhpurs. We enjoyed watching the Irish draft this morning. It was a wonderful experience. I've been coming here every year since I could walk.

Alison McCullagh (41), Monaghan, nurse, with Amber (6)

The food hall was brilliant. We had yoghurt, ice cream and we had mash. We had chocolate milk. We are well fed.

Paul Mills (45), Glenavy, tractor driver, with Katie (10)

I come for all the machinery end of it. I think the King's Hall site was a better spot for travelling to. We spent an hour sitting on the bus coming in.

Robert Richardson (48), Cavan, butcher

I come for the sheep. I was at the judging of the Texels, the Hampshire Downs and the Charolais. I've never been here before but it's very enjoyable and well-run. There were no problems getting in, funnily enough.

Victoria McDowell (29), Clogher, owns Spoilt Rotten boutique in Fivemiletown, with Christian (2)

We decided to come because we've a two-year-old who is tractor-mad and he rules the roost. Knowing the weather was going to be good was a big factor. It's such a huge set-up. I've never been before - it's really impressive. I can't believe how many people actually come, it's unreal.

James Stewart (24), Banbridge, dairy farmer

I was caught in the queues! It's a good show. I haven't seen that much of it yet. I would say my favourites are the machinery and the cows - it's a good day out.

Katie Wray (23), Antrim, horse physiotherapist

My favourite thing is probably the craic. I arrived this morning here for the Irish draft and the working hunter tomorrow. It's always a great course to jump. I am in for a bit of shopping as well.

Mark Scott (50), Comber, first responder with Proparamedics

So far, the chocolate fudge is my favourite. We've seen the cattle in the cattle tent too. We have been giving out suntan lotion and telling people to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water.

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