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Picture of the week: There's no udder cow in the world for me

By Kerry McKittrick

Published 14/05/2016

A young exhibitor at the Balmoral Show gets up close and personal with his prize cow as the biggest event in Northern Ireland's farming calendar enjoyed a rare sun-soaked outing this week
A young exhibitor at the Balmoral Show gets up close and personal with his prize cow as the biggest event in Northern Ireland's farming calendar enjoyed a rare sun-soaked outing this week

A young exhibitor at the Balmoral Show gets up close and personal with his prize cow as the biggest event in Northern Ireland's farming calendar enjoyed a rare sun-soaked outing this week.

Around 100,000 people converged on Balmoral Park, near Lisburn, from Wednesday to Friday for the annual festival of everything agricultural.

For once, the elements looked kindly on the event - organised by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS).

But car park delays - lasting up to three hours - took the shine off the show for hundreds of exasperated motorists.

Pat Reilly, from Larne, said it was the first time her family had visited the event on Thursday, but they would not be back.

"There's so many people here with small children in their cars. My daughter has drank everything in the car now and I'm sure she'll want to go to the toilet, as well," she said.

"God help anyone with babies in the car. We're a little bit tired - the wee one is starting to get a bit fed up in the back seat. We just really, really want to get home."

Another visitor to the show, Darcy McCay, said the queues leaving the car park were "awful".

"I was sitting for over an hour and the woman in the queue beside me said she was sitting for two," she said. "It was an absolute nightmare."

A spokesperson for the Balmoral Show said the delays were not due to any particular issue and extra wardens were deployed to the site to deal with the delays. Organisers were toasting another successful show, with visitor numbers to its recently adopted 65-acre site up more than 10% on 2015.

This year, there were 700 trasde exhibitors, selling everything from earth movers and tractors to ice cream, hand cream, cider and ham.

Belfast Telegraph

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