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Balmoral loses key exhibitors

By Linda McKee

Plant machinery exhibitors have pulled out of next year’s Balmoral Show as a result of the current economic climate, the organisers say.

The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS), which runs Ireland’s biggest agricultural show, said the plant machinery exhibitors had decided not to attend in 2009 but would reconsider if the show moves to new grounds that offer more space.

RUAS is keen to relocate to the former Maze Prison site if the opportunity is offered, but is waiting for a decision by the Executive.

The organisers said the show will take place at the Balmoral Showgrounds in south Belfast from May 13 to 15.

“Despite the current economic climate the Balmoral Show has proven that it can still showcase a hugely successful event,” a spokesperson said.

“It is a festival which celebrates a diverse range of agriculture, food, machinery and cultural exhibitions, competitions and family fun.

“After the great success of previous Balmoral Shows, where visitors attended for excellent entertainment and a record numbers of livestock exhibitors, plans are now well under way for the 2009 show.

“In the current economic climate the plant machinery exhibitors have decided not to attend the Balmoral show next year.

“However they are looking forward to coming back, in particular if the show is moving to new grounds that will showcase bigger and better opportunity for stands.”

RUAS said the exit of the plant machinery exhibitors would allow more quality exhibitors from other industries to showcase their goods.

“The Balmoral Show will do their best to facilitate companies that have been on the waiting list for trade stands with the chance to showcase their products this year,” the spokesperson added.

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