Balmoral Show back with a bang as the countdown begins
The Balmoral Show will return in greater style than ever this year, the organisers of the Balmoral Show have said.
The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) started the countdown to the events yesterday, and said this year's spectacular would be even bigger than last year.
Cormac McKervey, the senior agriculture manager at Ulster Bank, which sponsors the Balmoral Show, added: "These are challenging times for many farmers, but the sector has proven itself to be resilient and its long-term prospects remain strong."
And organiser, the RUAS, said the show would be a flagship event in the Year of Food and Drink 2016, a celebration of produce from Northern Ireland.
The event will be held from May 11-13 at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Part of the show will be in the Eikon Exhibition Centre on the site.
RUAS chief executive Colin McDonald said: "We are delighted to get the countdown to Balmoral Show 2016 under way today in partnership with Ulster Bank. The bank has supported our plans for Balmoral Park since their inception.
"Their continued backing is a tremendous help as we realise the potential of the venue, with the new Eikon Exhibition Centre, for example, coming on-stream at the show this year for the first time."
The show's Food NI Pavilion will champion the Year of Food and Drink and will feature around 100 Northern Ireland companies in the sector.