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11.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDTHE FIRST DAY OF THE BALMORAL SHOW KICKS OFF TODAY IN THE KINGS HALL, BELFAST Expand
Phillip Lazenby from County Wexford takes a break as the show got underway today. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1. Expand
Ciara Griffith pictured with her horse Charlie. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1 Expand
Showjumpers practicing in the arena at the start of the show. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1 Expand
Showjumpers practicing as Judy Pearson from Tipperary watches while keeping herself dry between the showers. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1 Expand
Grainne McKenna's horse, Lucillius being washed by Worsel. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1 Expand
A visitor to the show looks at the goats. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1 Expand
Nicola Davis from Hillsborough saddles up in preparation for the P&O Ferries International Two Phase Show Jumping competition taking place on Wednesday 11th May 2011 as part of the Balmoral Show. Expand
With thousands of visitors expected at this years Balmoral Show, 11-13 May 2011, Translinks Vicky Lowey and Border Collie Ben get ready for Ireland's largest agricultural and food show and encourage people to use frequent Metro and NI Railways services for a hassle-free journey to the Kings Hall Complex. Expand
Lets be friends! Owen McKee tries to make friends with a bunny rabbit from Streamvale Farm. Just one of the many animals that can be seen in the Children's Farm at this year's Balmoral Show. The Show takes place on the 11th-14th May 2011. Expand
Gordon Leeson washing cows for the Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1 Expand
<b>FLASHBACK TO BALMORAL SHOW 2010.</b>   James Phillips aged 8 pictured on his horse Anna Expand
Third and final day of the Ulster Bank Balmoral Show at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.  A dog exhibition pictured during the show Expand
Third and final day of the Ulster Bank Balmoral Show at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.  Twelve-year-olds Orlaigh Watterson (left) and Ruth Leader from Dundrod with their Jersey cow - Hockley Delila Expand
Hannah Lilburn, who was awarded Best Dressed at the Balmoral Show Expand
Balmoral Show 2010.  A Llama yawns as it wakes up in the children's petting area Expand
A Mangelitsa pig pictured at the final day of the Balmoral Show which took place yesterday in the Kings Hall, Belfast Expand
Balmoral Show 2010. Billy Rolston who will receive an MBA next month from the Queen for contribution to sport working at the showjumping Expand
The third day of the Balmoral Show which took place yesterday in the Kings Hall, Belfast. Conor Swail from Saintfield riding Peninsula Kheelan in the Grand Prix Expand
The dancing dog display  during the Balmoral Show 2010 Expand
Performing on the Tesco stand at the Balmoral Show, fiddler Adam with Emma McBride from Ballycastle age 5 and Joan Cary from Belfas Expand
Stephanie Farren from Ballyclare cleans her Ayrshire before the show. May 2010 Expand
David Scally with Starboard at the Balmoral Show. May 2010 Expand
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Balmoral Show.  Roy Graham who is the Chief Sheep Supervisor Expand
Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA was speaking at the Balmoral Show  which was attended by President Mary McAleese Expand
Balmoral Show. May 2010. Expand
Mihall McCrea enjoys an ice cream at the Balmoral Show. May 2010 Expand
The first day of the Balmoral Show. Ellie McGill and Amy Morrow aged 8 petting a pony Expand
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast    12/5/2010Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanSecurity on High Alert as The Prince of Wales enjoying the 'CRAIC' at The Balmoral Show at the King's Hall in Belfast today - The Prince arrived in Northern Ireland on a royal visit. Prince Charles travelled to the Royal Ulster Agricultural Show (RUAS) at the King's Hall complex, south Belfast.He was greeted by a number of dignitaries including the city's Lord Mayor Naomi Long and Dame Mary Peters DBE who is Lord Lieutenant of Belfast.He also met Dr Malcolm McKibbin, Permanent Secretary, DARD, Robin Morrow, John Bamber and Colin McDonald from the RUAS.At the show, he will tour and meet livestock exhibitors, judges and stewards.In the Garden Village at the complex, he will also have the opportunity to view the flower arranging, bee keeping and Young Farmers Club (YFC) exhibits.He is also due to present prizes to breed champions in the course of the afternoon. Expand
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12th May 2010  Balmoral Show - Kirree and Cesar Kermode from Isle of Man Expand
Sharon and Ruby Burgess from Comber Expand
Eva, Killean, Maeve, and Luke O'Hare from Belfast Expand
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Newly Elected MP for North Antrim Ian Paisley Junior meeting HRH Prince Charles at Balmoral Show. Expand
The Prince of Wales  at the Balmoral Show. May 2010 Expand
Extreme Motocross riders perform tricks in the Grandstand at the Balmoral Show Expand
Extreme Motocross riders perform tricks in the Grandstand Expand
Showjumping at the Balmoral Show. Cruisings Micky Finn ridden by Olive Clarke Expand
Thousands visited day one of the Balmoral Show 2010 Expand
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Team Extreme: New shows aimed at the younger generation at the Balmoral Show Expand
Lois Lyttle pictured with a baby chick Expand
Showjumping at the Balmoral Show. Back in Business ridden by Mennell Watson Expand
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A man grooming his sheep at the Balmoral Show Expand
Extreme motocross riders perform tricks in the Grandstand during the first day of the Balmoral Show Expand
Janice Neil pictured with horses Bernie and Alfie Expand
Kirree and Cesar Kermode from Isle of Man. Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show Expand
Sharon and Ruby Burgess from Comber. Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show Expand
tEva, Killean, Maeve, and Luke O'Hare . Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show Expand
Prince Charles during day one of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show Expand
Prince Charles enjoys an ice cream Expand
Day one of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show. Henry Elvin, of Balmoral Show principal Sponsor Ulster Bank welcomed Ian Paisley Junior to the bank stand at the show. The Ulster Bank Charity Cash Cow  is raising funds for Rural Support. All of the coins making up the 'artwork' will be donated to the charity after the show Expand
Chloe McKibbin, 4, from Coleraine Expand
Prince Charles at the Balmoral Show. May 2010 Expand
Prince Charles at the Balmoral Show. May 2010 Expand
Prince Charles at the Balmoral Show. May 2010 Expand
The Balmoral Show on the opening day. May 2010 .A showman with his Hereford cow. Expand
12.05.10.  The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast.  Adam McKinley aged 3 looking at the chicks Expand
12.05.10.  The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast. Thomas Cole holding a rare Leicster Long Wool lamb Expand
12th May 2010. Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show at The Kings Hall, Belfast. Alfie Murray with his Beltex Sheep Expand
Graham and Howard McFarland Expand
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2th May 2010.  Balmoral Show at The Kings Hall, Belfast. 4 Year Old Chloe McKibbin from Coleraine with the Ulser Bank cash cow Expand
General view of the Balmoral Show on the opening day.  2010 Expand
Balmoral Show on the opening day.  2010.  Nigel Dunlop from Hillsborough with his son Isaac Expand
A very rare animal of an altogether different kind will be on display at this year's Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank. A valuable new Brit Art style bovine sculpture made from thousands of highly polished coins of various denominations was be unveiled to visitors at the RUAS showgrounds this morning Expand
Tommy McKean from Killaloo near L-Derry pictured with one of his North Country Cheviot. Expand
The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast.  Noel Regan with his horse Shey Expand
The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast.  Janice Neil pictured with horses Bernie and Alfie Expand
The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast.  Police presence at the show as they prepare for the arrival of Prince Charles Expand
Jane Bradbury with her horse Bloomfield Ackzo Expand
The Balmoral Show on the opening day. May 2010 Expand
Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing Expand
Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing Expand
Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing Expand
Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing Expand
Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing Expand
Elaine Hunter, Ballymoney, with her Polled Dorset sheep at Balmoral Show Expand
Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew and EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel take shelter during a shower of rain with UFU President Graham Furey at Balmoral Show Expand
Sammy Wilson, proved to be dairy good when he tried his hand at milking Daisy the Dale Farm Cow at the Balmoral Show Expand
Nadia Moore and Rebecca Wallace from Annalong with puppies in the childrens farm at the Balmoral show Expand
Colin and Raymond Todd from Lisburn with his Blonde Junior Champion at the Balmoral show Expand
A belgian Blue Bull gets a welcome shower after a hard day at the Balmoral show Expand
Uncle Hugo entertains the crowds at the Balmoral show Expand
Moycraig Young Farmers battle through the rain in the YFC Tog O War competition Expand
Connor Colins, Ciara Cook, Martin Devine, Amy Hale and Susan McCord from St Kevins Falls Rd Belfast who won the global food network competition to grow their own food at the Balmoral show Expand
Karren Wells from Markethill celebrates with her goat Molly after winning her class at the Balmoral show Expand
Titan the ASDA robot entertains at the Balmoral show Expand
Titan the ASDA robot entertains the people at the Balmoral Show Expand
Shirley Anderson, from Ballymena, hands her entry for a prize draw to Anne Hagan on the Ulster Bank stand at Balmoral Show Expand
Stephen MacAuley and William Edgar, from Downpatrick, give David George, Ulster Bank business development manager, a demonstration of how to get sheep ready for the show ring Expand
Free rain macs proved popular with visitors to Balmoral Show after showers on Thursday afternoon Expand
Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, discusses the agricultural economy with Farm Minister Michelle Gildernew during a visit to Balmoral Show on Thursday afternoon Expand
Elaine Hunter, Ballymoney, with her Polled Dorset sheep Expand
Fred Loughridge, Armoy, getting his sheep ready for showing at Balmoral Show Expand
Kirsty Clarke and Caroline Woolsey, Ballygowan getting ready to show their Ballymartin Herefords at Ballymoral Show Expand
Jonathan Farrell and Alan Kennedy enjoying a cup of tea before showing their cattle at Balmoral Show Expand
Watching the Horses at the Balmoral Show Expand
In the Cattle Market at the Balmoral Show Expand
Clodagh McGovern has her Bull Ratorty Dollar in the perfect stance at the Balmoral Show Expand
Freestyle Motorcycling at the Balmoral Show Expand
Watching the Horses at the Balmoral Show Expand
Taking a break at the Balmral Show Expand
Bethany Boyd in with her fathers Ile De France flock at the Balmoral Show Expand
Lara Ormedilla with her Horse Adamstown at the Balmoral Show Expand
Kim Robinson and Nicola Greer Shelter from the rain at the Balmoral Show Expand
Jamie McDowell and David Fitzgerald Caught on Camera at the Balmoral Show Expand
Tony Sutcliffe on hand to provide medical assistance if needed Expand
Vicky McClinchie (18) from Belcoo and Adam Fowler Expand
An Owl at the Balmoral show. Expand
Orla Coyle (17), Kathy McKinstrey (17), Elaine Crosier (17) and Kirsty Ridelle (16), all from Armagh. Expand
Lynn Kelly with Morgan (5) and Madison (4) from Strabane Expand
An entertainer on stilts entertains the children Expand
Andrew King at the Balmoral show Expand
John Stephenson (58), sheep farmer from County Durham, England and John Blaney (58) from Cushendun. Expand
Yvonne Kilrane (15), Katie Tyrell (15), Valerie Donegan (15) and Niall Tiernan (14), all from Leitrim. Expand
A child at the show eats ice cream in the warm sun Expand
David Cunningham at the Balmoral show Expand
John Charmichael with one of the eagles Expand
Gwen Scott with her horse at the Balmoral show Expand
Robert and Sylvia Steele, horse owners from Comber Expand
Conor O Donaghue (28), charity worker from Limerick and Kevin O Leary (24) from Cork. Expand
Noel Regan (65) from Roscommon with his wife Ann Regan (55) from Swansea and John Stewart (59) from Moneydig. Expand
John Stewart (59) from Moneydig. Expand
UUP European election candidate Jim Nicholson on his tractor Expand
Belfast sculptor, Rachel Dickson working on the Dromona cheesy replicas of First and deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson MP MLA and Martin McGuinness MP Expand
Ruth Wilson, 24, who is competing in the Small Hunters Equestrian Event. Expand
Children enjoy their day at the Balmoral Show Expand
Geoff Holden Director of Exhibition Stand Design and Construction finishes putting together one of the stands Expand
Laverne Bell, Renny McKeown and Johanna Hobes from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency finish putting up their display Expand
Alison Connelly and Kenny Gracy with Forthill Ellen Expand
Gary Hanna from Draperhill and Money Nabane Limousins brushes the cows Expand
Eilidh Duncan with her horse "Flightpath" Expand
The Balmoral Show first day. People view what it has to offer Expand
Julie McConkey with Mishna Expand
One of the judges at the Balmoral Show Expand
People view what goes on at the balmoral show Expand
Ayesha Akkari, Tiffinee Dickson, Alanna Dickson and Jennifer Sloan at the petting den Expand
The horses which compete in equestrian competitions Expand
Kathryn Moore (5) from Ballyclare 'Says Dromona Cheese' with her cheesiest smile at the Dale Farm stand at the Balmoral Show 2009 Expand
Hannah Mahood (4) from Donaghadee 'Says Dromona Cheese' with her cheesiest smile at the Dale Farm stand at the Balmoral Show 2009 Expand
Martin Rogan at The Balmoral Show Expand
Arlene Foster (centre) with Sean Owens and Diana Porter, Ulster Pork and Bacon Forum Expand
Arlene Foster (centre) with Clarke Miller, Miller Savory Foods and Clarke Black Chairman Food Promotion Northern Ireland. Expand
Farmer showing off their prize sheep Expand
The 2009 Balmoral Show at the King's Hall Expand
A young farmer shows off his prize bull Expand
2 year old Sam Geary finds himself a huge toilet to sit on at the NI Water stand Expand
10 year old Fay Stockdale enjoying the Children's Farm Expand
Young Lamas are a star attraction with the children Expand
Art College student Jonny Shields puts the finishing touches to his First Minister, Peter Robinson, and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, made from cheese Expand
"One heavy weight Champion meets another" Martin Rogan with prize winning bull Son Of Rocky Expand
Finishing touches are put to a horse, on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show Expand
Tea and sandwiches are served in the horse trials area Expand
Competitors in the horse trials area on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show Expand
A competitor gets ready to compete in an equestrian event Expand
A farmer power washes a bull prior to showing Expand
Farmers relax on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show Expand
Commonwealth Champion Martin Rogan with St.Kevins pupils at the Balmoral Show Expand
SDLP European Election candidate Alban Maginness MLA squares up to Belfast's Commonwealth heavyweight champion Martin Rogan at the Balmoral Show Expand
One of the horses in the stables Expand
One of the Black Alpine goats which are very rare Expand
The horses which are brought down to be judged Expand
People view what goes on at the balmoral show Expand
FLASHBACK TO BALMORAL SHOW 2010. Corky the horse pictured in the stables Expand
A llama at the Balmoral Show Expand

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11.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDTHE FIRST DAY OF THE BALMORAL SHOW KICKS OFF TODAY IN THE KINGS HALL, BELFAST

11.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDTHE FIRST DAY OF THE BALMORAL SHOW KICKS OFF TODAY IN THE KINGS HALL, BELFAST

Phillip Lazenby from County Wexford takes a break as the show got underway today. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1.

Phillip Lazenby from County Wexford takes a break as the show got underway today. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1.

Ciara Griffith pictured with her horse Charlie. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

Ciara Griffith pictured with her horse Charlie. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

Showjumpers practicing in the arena at the start of the show. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

Showjumpers practicing in the arena at the start of the show. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

Showjumpers practicing as Judy Pearson from Tipperary watches while keeping herself dry between the showers. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

Showjumpers practicing as Judy Pearson from Tipperary watches while keeping herself dry between the showers. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

Grainne McKenna's horse, Lucillius being washed by Worsel. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

Grainne McKenna's horse, Lucillius being washed by Worsel. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

A visitor to the show looks at the goats. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

A visitor to the show looks at the goats. Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

Nicola Davis from Hillsborough saddles up in preparation for the P&O Ferries International Two Phase Show Jumping competition taking place on Wednesday 11th May 2011 as part of the Balmoral Show.

Nicola Davis from Hillsborough saddles up in preparation for the P&O Ferries International Two Phase Show Jumping competition taking place on Wednesday 11th May 2011 as part of the Balmoral Show.

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With thousands of visitors expected at this years Balmoral Show, 11-13 May 2011, Translinks Vicky Lowey and Border Collie Ben get ready for Ireland's largest agricultural and food show and encourage people to use frequent Metro and NI Railways services for a hassle-free journey to the Kings Hall Complex.

With thousands of visitors expected at this years Balmoral Show, 11-13 May 2011, Translinks Vicky Lowey and Border Collie Ben get ready for Ireland's largest agricultural and food show and encourage people to use frequent Metro and NI Railways services for a hassle-free journey to the Kings Hall Complex.

Lets be friends! Owen McKee tries to make friends with a bunny rabbit from Streamvale Farm. Just one of the many animals that can be seen in the Children's Farm at this year's Balmoral Show. The Show takes place on the 11th-14th May 2011.

Lets be friends! Owen McKee tries to make friends with a bunny rabbit from Streamvale Farm. Just one of the many animals that can be seen in the Children's Farm at this year's Balmoral Show. The Show takes place on the 11th-14th May 2011.

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Gordon Leeson washing cows for the Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

Gordon Leeson washing cows for the Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

<b>FLASHBACK TO BALMORAL SHOW 2010.</b>   James Phillips aged 8 pictured on his horse Anna

<b>FLASHBACK TO BALMORAL SHOW 2010.</b> James Phillips aged 8 pictured on his horse Anna

Third and final day of the Ulster Bank Balmoral Show at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.  A dog exhibition pictured during the show

Third and final day of the Ulster Bank Balmoral Show at the Kings Hall in south Belfast. A dog exhibition pictured during the show

Third and final day of the Ulster Bank Balmoral Show at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.  Twelve-year-olds Orlaigh Watterson (left) and Ruth Leader from Dundrod with their Jersey cow - Hockley Delila

Third and final day of the Ulster Bank Balmoral Show at the Kings Hall in south Belfast. Twelve-year-olds Orlaigh Watterson (left) and Ruth Leader from Dundrod with their Jersey cow - Hockley Delila

Hannah Lilburn, who was awarded Best Dressed at the Balmoral Show

Hannah Lilburn, who was awarded Best Dressed at the Balmoral Show

Balmoral Show 2010.  A Llama yawns as it wakes up in the children's petting area

Balmoral Show 2010. A Llama yawns as it wakes up in the children's petting area

A Mangelitsa pig pictured at the final day of the Balmoral Show which took place yesterday in the Kings Hall, Belfast

A Mangelitsa pig pictured at the final day of the Balmoral Show which took place yesterday in the Kings Hall, Belfast

Balmoral Show 2010. Billy Rolston who will receive an MBA next month from the Queen for contribution to sport working at the showjumping

Balmoral Show 2010. Billy Rolston who will receive an MBA next month from the Queen for contribution to sport working at the showjumping

The third day of the Balmoral Show which took place yesterday in the Kings Hall, Belfast. Conor Swail from Saintfield riding Peninsula Kheelan in the Grand Prix

The third day of the Balmoral Show which took place yesterday in the Kings Hall, Belfast. Conor Swail from Saintfield riding Peninsula Kheelan in the Grand Prix

The dancing dog display  during the Balmoral Show 2010

The dancing dog display during the Balmoral Show 2010

Performing on the Tesco stand at the Balmoral Show, fiddler Adam with Emma McBride from Ballycastle age 5 and Joan Cary from Belfas

Performing on the Tesco stand at the Balmoral Show, fiddler Adam with Emma McBride from Ballycastle age 5 and Joan Cary from Belfas

Stephanie Farren from Ballyclare cleans her Ayrshire before the show. May 2010

Stephanie Farren from Ballyclare cleans her Ayrshire before the show. May 2010

David Scally with Starboard at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

David Scally with Starboard at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

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Balmoral Show.  Roy Graham who is the Chief Sheep Supervisor

Balmoral Show. Roy Graham who is the Chief Sheep Supervisor

Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA was speaking at the Balmoral Show  which was attended by President Mary McAleese

Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA was speaking at the Balmoral Show which was attended by President Mary McAleese

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Balmoral Show. May 2010.

Balmoral Show. May 2010.

Mihall McCrea enjoys an ice cream at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

Mihall McCrea enjoys an ice cream at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

The first day of the Balmoral Show. Ellie McGill and Amy Morrow aged 8 petting a pony

The first day of the Balmoral Show. Ellie McGill and Amy Morrow aged 8 petting a pony

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast    12/5/2010Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanSecurity on High Alert as The Prince of Wales enjoying the 'CRAIC' at The Balmoral Show at the King's Hall in Belfast today - The Prince arrived in Northern Ireland on a royal visit. Prince Charles travelled to the Royal Ulster Agricultural Show (RUAS) at the King's Hall complex, south Belfast.He was greeted by a number of dignitaries including the city's Lord Mayor Naomi Long and Dame Mary Peters DBE who is Lord Lieutenant of Belfast.He also met Dr Malcolm McKibbin, Permanent Secretary, DARD, Robin Morrow, John Bamber and Colin McDonald from the RUAS.At the show, he will tour and meet livestock exhibitors, judges and stewards.In the Garden Village at the complex, he will also have the opportunity to view the flower arranging, bee keeping and Young Farmers Club (YFC) exhibits.He is also due to present prizes to breed champions in the course of the afternoon.

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 12/5/2010Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanSecurity on High Alert as The Prince of Wales enjoying the 'CRAIC' at The Balmoral Show at the King's Hall in Belfast today - The Prince arrived in Northern Ireland on a royal visit. Prince Charles travelled to the Royal Ulster Agricultural Show (RUAS) at the King's Hall complex, south Belfast.He was greeted by a number of dignitaries including the city's Lord Mayor Naomi Long and Dame Mary Peters DBE who is Lord Lieutenant of Belfast.He also met Dr Malcolm McKibbin, Permanent Secretary, DARD, Robin Morrow, John Bamber and Colin McDonald from the RUAS.At the show, he will tour and meet livestock exhibitors, judges and stewards.In the Garden Village at the complex, he will also have the opportunity to view the flower arranging, bee keeping and Young Farmers Club (YFC) exhibits.He is also due to present prizes to breed champions in the course of the afternoon.

Balmoral Show May 2010

Balmoral Show May 2010

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12th May 2010  Balmoral Show - Kirree and Cesar Kermode from Isle of Man

12th May 2010 Balmoral Show - Kirree and Cesar Kermode from Isle of Man

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Sharon and Ruby Burgess from Comber

Sharon and Ruby Burgess from Comber

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Eva, Killean, Maeve, and Luke O'Hare from Belfast

Eva, Killean, Maeve, and Luke O'Hare from Belfast

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Balmoral Show 2010

Balmoral Show 2010

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Newly Elected MP for North Antrim Ian Paisley Junior meeting HRH Prince Charles at Balmoral Show.

Newly Elected MP for North Antrim Ian Paisley Junior meeting HRH Prince Charles at Balmoral Show.

JOHN HARRISON

The Prince of Wales  at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

The Prince of Wales at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Extreme Motocross riders perform tricks in the Grandstand at the Balmoral Show

Extreme Motocross riders perform tricks in the Grandstand at the Balmoral Show

Extreme Motocross riders perform tricks in the Grandstand

Extreme Motocross riders perform tricks in the Grandstand

Showjumping at the Balmoral Show. Cruisings Micky Finn ridden by Olive Clarke

Showjumping at the Balmoral Show. Cruisings Micky Finn ridden by Olive Clarke

Thousands visited day one of the Balmoral Show 2010

Thousands visited day one of the Balmoral Show 2010

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Team Extreme: New shows aimed at the younger generation at the Balmoral Show

Team Extreme: New shows aimed at the younger generation at the Balmoral Show

Lois Lyttle pictured with a baby chick

Lois Lyttle pictured with a baby chick

Showjumping at the Balmoral Show. Back in Business ridden by Mennell Watson

Showjumping at the Balmoral Show. Back in Business ridden by Mennell Watson

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

A man grooming his sheep at the Balmoral Show

A man grooming his sheep at the Balmoral Show

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Extreme motocross riders perform tricks in the Grandstand during the first day of the Balmoral Show

Extreme motocross riders perform tricks in the Grandstand during the first day of the Balmoral Show

Janice Neil pictured with horses Bernie and Alfie

Janice Neil pictured with horses Bernie and Alfie

Kirree and Cesar Kermode from Isle of Man. Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show

Kirree and Cesar Kermode from Isle of Man. Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show

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Sharon and Ruby Burgess from Comber. Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show

Sharon and Ruby Burgess from Comber. Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show

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tEva, Killean, Maeve, and Luke O'Hare . Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show

tEva, Killean, Maeve, and Luke O'Hare . Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show

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Prince Charles during day one of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show

Prince Charles during day one of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show

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Prince Charles enjoys an ice cream

Prince Charles enjoys an ice cream

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Day one of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show. Henry Elvin, of Balmoral Show principal Sponsor Ulster Bank welcomed Ian Paisley Junior to the bank stand at the show. The Ulster Bank Charity Cash Cow  is raising funds for Rural Support. All of the coins making up the 'artwork' will be donated to the charity after the show

Day one of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show. Henry Elvin, of Balmoral Show principal Sponsor Ulster Bank welcomed Ian Paisley Junior to the bank stand at the show. The Ulster Bank Charity Cash Cow is raising funds for Rural Support. All of the coins making up the 'artwork' will be donated to the charity after the show

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Chloe McKibbin, 4, from Coleraine

Chloe McKibbin, 4, from Coleraine

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Prince Charles at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

Prince Charles at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

Prince Charles at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

Prince Charles at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

Prince Charles at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

Prince Charles at the Balmoral Show. May 2010

The Balmoral Show on the opening day. May 2010 .A showman with his Hereford cow.

The Balmoral Show on the opening day. May 2010 .A showman with his Hereford cow.

12.05.10.  The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast.  Adam McKinley aged 3 looking at the chicks

12.05.10. The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast. Adam McKinley aged 3 looking at the chicks

12.05.10.  The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast. Thomas Cole holding a rare Leicster Long Wool lamb

12.05.10. The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast. Thomas Cole holding a rare Leicster Long Wool lamb

12th May 2010. Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show at The Kings Hall, Belfast. Alfie Murray with his Beltex Sheep

12th May 2010. Day One of The Ulster Bank Balmoral Show at The Kings Hall, Belfast. Alfie Murray with his Beltex Sheep

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Graham and Howard McFarland

Graham and Howard McFarland

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David Jardine

David Jardine

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2th May 2010.  Balmoral Show at The Kings Hall, Belfast. 4 Year Old Chloe McKibbin from Coleraine with the Ulser Bank cash cow

2th May 2010. Balmoral Show at The Kings Hall, Belfast. 4 Year Old Chloe McKibbin from Coleraine with the Ulser Bank cash cow

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General view of the Balmoral Show on the opening day.  2010

General view of the Balmoral Show on the opening day. 2010

Balmoral Show on the opening day.  2010.  Nigel Dunlop from Hillsborough with his son Isaac

Balmoral Show on the opening day. 2010. Nigel Dunlop from Hillsborough with his son Isaac

A very rare animal of an altogether different kind will be on display at this year's Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank. A valuable new Brit Art style bovine sculpture made from thousands of highly polished coins of various denominations was be unveiled to visitors at the RUAS showgrounds this morning

A very rare animal of an altogether different kind will be on display at this year's Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank. A valuable new Brit Art style bovine sculpture made from thousands of highly polished coins of various denominations was be unveiled to visitors at the RUAS showgrounds this morning

Tommy McKean from Killaloo near L-Derry pictured with one of his North Country Cheviot.

Tommy McKean from Killaloo near L-Derry pictured with one of his North Country Cheviot.

The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast.  Noel Regan with his horse Shey

The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast. Noel Regan with his horse Shey

The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast.  Janice Neil pictured with horses Bernie and Alfie

The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast. Janice Neil pictured with horses Bernie and Alfie

The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast.  Police presence at the show as they prepare for the arrival of Prince Charles

The first day of the Balmoral Show which took place in the Kings Hall, Belfast. Police presence at the show as they prepare for the arrival of Prince Charles

Jane Bradbury with her horse Bloomfield Ackzo

Jane Bradbury with her horse Bloomfield Ackzo

The Balmoral Show on the opening day. May 2010

The Balmoral Show on the opening day. May 2010

Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing

Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing

Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing

Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing

Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing

Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing

Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing

Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing

Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing

Preparations underway at the Balmoral Show as people get ready for 3 days of showjumping and cattle showing

Elaine Hunter, Ballymoney, with her Polled Dorset sheep at Balmoral Show

Elaine Hunter, Ballymoney, with her Polled Dorset sheep at Balmoral Show

Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew and EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel take shelter during a shower of rain with UFU President Graham Furey at Balmoral Show

Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew and EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel take shelter during a shower of rain with UFU President Graham Furey at Balmoral Show

Sammy Wilson, proved to be dairy good when he tried his hand at milking Daisy the Dale Farm Cow at the Balmoral Show

Sammy Wilson, proved to be dairy good when he tried his hand at milking Daisy the Dale Farm Cow at the Balmoral Show

Nadia Moore and Rebecca Wallace from Annalong with puppies in the childrens farm at the Balmoral show

Nadia Moore and Rebecca Wallace from Annalong with puppies in the childrens farm at the Balmoral show

Colin and Raymond Todd from Lisburn with his Blonde Junior Champion at the Balmoral show

Colin and Raymond Todd from Lisburn with his Blonde Junior Champion at the Balmoral show

A belgian Blue Bull gets a welcome shower after a hard day at the Balmoral show

A belgian Blue Bull gets a welcome shower after a hard day at the Balmoral show

Uncle Hugo entertains the crowds at the Balmoral show

Uncle Hugo entertains the crowds at the Balmoral show

Moycraig Young Farmers battle through the rain in the YFC Tog O War competition

Moycraig Young Farmers battle through the rain in the YFC Tog O War competition

Connor Colins, Ciara Cook, Martin Devine, Amy Hale and Susan McCord from St Kevins Falls Rd Belfast who won the global food network competition to grow their own food at the Balmoral show

Connor Colins, Ciara Cook, Martin Devine, Amy Hale and Susan McCord from St Kevins Falls Rd Belfast who won the global food network competition to grow their own food at the Balmoral show

Karren Wells from Markethill celebrates with her goat Molly after winning her class at the Balmoral show

Karren Wells from Markethill celebrates with her goat Molly after winning her class at the Balmoral show

Titan the ASDA robot entertains at the Balmoral show

Titan the ASDA robot entertains at the Balmoral show

Titan the ASDA robot entertains the people at the Balmoral Show

Titan the ASDA robot entertains the people at the Balmoral Show

Shirley Anderson, from Ballymena, hands her entry for a prize draw to Anne Hagan on the Ulster Bank stand at Balmoral Show

Shirley Anderson, from Ballymena, hands her entry for a prize draw to Anne Hagan on the Ulster Bank stand at Balmoral Show

Stephen MacAuley and William Edgar, from Downpatrick, give David George, Ulster Bank business development manager, a demonstration of how to get sheep ready for the show ring

Stephen MacAuley and William Edgar, from Downpatrick, give David George, Ulster Bank business development manager, a demonstration of how to get sheep ready for the show ring

Free rain macs proved popular with visitors to Balmoral Show after showers on Thursday afternoon

Free rain macs proved popular with visitors to Balmoral Show after showers on Thursday afternoon

Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, discusses the agricultural economy with Farm Minister Michelle Gildernew during a visit to Balmoral Show on Thursday afternoon

Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, discusses the agricultural economy with Farm Minister Michelle Gildernew during a visit to Balmoral Show on Thursday afternoon

Elaine Hunter, Ballymoney, with her Polled Dorset sheep

Elaine Hunter, Ballymoney, with her Polled Dorset sheep

Fred Loughridge, Armoy, getting his sheep ready for showing at Balmoral Show

Fred Loughridge, Armoy, getting his sheep ready for showing at Balmoral Show

Kirsty Clarke and Caroline Woolsey, Ballygowan getting ready to show their Ballymartin Herefords at Ballymoral Show

Kirsty Clarke and Caroline Woolsey, Ballygowan getting ready to show their Ballymartin Herefords at Ballymoral Show

Jonathan Farrell and Alan Kennedy enjoying a cup of tea before showing their cattle at Balmoral Show

Jonathan Farrell and Alan Kennedy enjoying a cup of tea before showing their cattle at Balmoral Show

Watching the Horses at the Balmoral Show

Watching the Horses at the Balmoral Show

In the Cattle Market at the Balmoral Show

In the Cattle Market at the Balmoral Show

Clodagh McGovern has her Bull Ratorty Dollar in the perfect stance at the Balmoral Show

Clodagh McGovern has her Bull Ratorty Dollar in the perfect stance at the Balmoral Show

Freestyle Motorcycling at the Balmoral Show

Freestyle Motorcycling at the Balmoral Show

Watching the Horses at the Balmoral Show

Watching the Horses at the Balmoral Show

Taking a break at the Balmral Show

Taking a break at the Balmral Show

Bethany Boyd in with her fathers Ile De France flock at the Balmoral Show

Bethany Boyd in with her fathers Ile De France flock at the Balmoral Show

Lara Ormedilla with her Horse Adamstown at the Balmoral Show

Lara Ormedilla with her Horse Adamstown at the Balmoral Show

Kim Robinson and Nicola Greer Shelter from the rain at the Balmoral Show

Kim Robinson and Nicola Greer Shelter from the rain at the Balmoral Show

Jamie McDowell and David Fitzgerald Caught on Camera at the Balmoral Show

Jamie McDowell and David Fitzgerald Caught on Camera at the Balmoral Show

Tony Sutcliffe on hand to provide medical assistance if needed

Tony Sutcliffe on hand to provide medical assistance if needed

Vicky McClinchie (18) from Belcoo and Adam Fowler

Vicky McClinchie (18) from Belcoo and Adam Fowler

An Owl at the Balmoral show.

An Owl at the Balmoral show.

Orla Coyle (17), Kathy McKinstrey (17), Elaine Crosier (17) and Kirsty Ridelle (16), all from Armagh.

Orla Coyle (17), Kathy McKinstrey (17), Elaine Crosier (17) and Kirsty Ridelle (16), all from Armagh.

Lynn Kelly with Morgan (5) and Madison (4) from Strabane

Lynn Kelly with Morgan (5) and Madison (4) from Strabane

An entertainer on stilts entertains the children

An entertainer on stilts entertains the children

Andrew King at the Balmoral show

Andrew King at the Balmoral show

John Stephenson (58), sheep farmer from County Durham, England and John Blaney (58) from Cushendun.

John Stephenson (58), sheep farmer from County Durham, England and John Blaney (58) from Cushendun.

Yvonne Kilrane (15), Katie Tyrell (15), Valerie Donegan (15) and Niall Tiernan (14), all from Leitrim.

Yvonne Kilrane (15), Katie Tyrell (15), Valerie Donegan (15) and Niall Tiernan (14), all from Leitrim.

A child at the show eats ice cream in the warm sun

A child at the show eats ice cream in the warm sun

David Cunningham at the Balmoral show

David Cunningham at the Balmoral show

John Charmichael with one of the eagles

John Charmichael with one of the eagles

Gwen Scott with her horse at the Balmoral show

Gwen Scott with her horse at the Balmoral show

Robert and Sylvia Steele, horse owners from Comber

Robert and Sylvia Steele, horse owners from Comber

Conor O Donaghue (28), charity worker from Limerick and Kevin O Leary (24) from Cork.

Conor O Donaghue (28), charity worker from Limerick and Kevin O Leary (24) from Cork.

Noel Regan (65) from Roscommon with his wife Ann Regan (55) from Swansea and John Stewart (59) from Moneydig.

Noel Regan (65) from Roscommon with his wife Ann Regan (55) from Swansea and John Stewart (59) from Moneydig.

John Stewart (59) from Moneydig.

John Stewart (59) from Moneydig.

UUP European election candidate Jim Nicholson on his tractor

UUP European election candidate Jim Nicholson on his tractor

Belfast sculptor, Rachel Dickson working on the Dromona cheesy replicas of First and deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson MP MLA and Martin McGuinness MP

Belfast sculptor, Rachel Dickson working on the Dromona cheesy replicas of First and deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson MP MLA and Martin McGuinness MP

Ruth Wilson, 24, who is competing in the Small Hunters Equestrian Event.

Ruth Wilson, 24, who is competing in the Small Hunters Equestrian Event.

Children enjoy their day at the Balmoral Show

Children enjoy their day at the Balmoral Show

Geoff Holden Director of Exhibition Stand Design and Construction finishes putting together one of the stands

Geoff Holden Director of Exhibition Stand Design and Construction finishes putting together one of the stands

Laverne Bell, Renny McKeown and Johanna Hobes from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency finish putting up their display

Laverne Bell, Renny McKeown and Johanna Hobes from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency finish putting up their display

Alison Connelly and Kenny Gracy with Forthill Ellen

Alison Connelly and Kenny Gracy with Forthill Ellen

Gary Hanna from Draperhill and Money Nabane Limousins brushes the cows

Gary Hanna from Draperhill and Money Nabane Limousins brushes the cows

Eilidh Duncan with her horse &quot;Flightpath&quot;

Eilidh Duncan with her horse "Flightpath"

The Balmoral Show first day. People view what it has to offer

The Balmoral Show first day. People view what it has to offer

Julie McConkey with Mishna

Julie McConkey with Mishna

One of the judges at the Balmoral Show

One of the judges at the Balmoral Show

People view what goes on at the balmoral show

People view what goes on at the balmoral show

Ayesha Akkari, Tiffinee Dickson, Alanna Dickson and Jennifer Sloan at the petting den

Ayesha Akkari, Tiffinee Dickson, Alanna Dickson and Jennifer Sloan at the petting den

The horses which compete in equestrian competitions

The horses which compete in equestrian competitions

Kathryn Moore (5) from Ballyclare 'Says Dromona Cheese' with her cheesiest smile at the Dale Farm stand at the Balmoral Show 2009

Kathryn Moore (5) from Ballyclare 'Says Dromona Cheese' with her cheesiest smile at the Dale Farm stand at the Balmoral Show 2009

Hannah Mahood (4) from Donaghadee 'Says Dromona Cheese' with her cheesiest smile at the Dale Farm stand at the Balmoral Show 2009

Hannah Mahood (4) from Donaghadee 'Says Dromona Cheese' with her cheesiest smile at the Dale Farm stand at the Balmoral Show 2009

Martin Rogan at The Balmoral Show

Martin Rogan at The Balmoral Show

Arlene Foster (centre) with Sean Owens and Diana Porter, Ulster Pork and Bacon Forum

Arlene Foster (centre) with Sean Owens and Diana Porter, Ulster Pork and Bacon Forum

Arlene Foster (centre) with Clarke Miller, Miller Savory Foods and Clarke Black Chairman Food Promotion Northern Ireland.

Arlene Foster (centre) with Clarke Miller, Miller Savory Foods and Clarke Black Chairman Food Promotion Northern Ireland.

Farmer showing off their prize sheep

Farmer showing off their prize sheep

The 2009 Balmoral Show at the King's Hall

The 2009 Balmoral Show at the King's Hall

A young farmer shows off his prize bull

A young farmer shows off his prize bull

2 year old Sam Geary finds himself a huge toilet to sit on at the NI Water stand

2 year old Sam Geary finds himself a huge toilet to sit on at the NI Water stand

10 year old Fay Stockdale enjoying the Children's Farm

10 year old Fay Stockdale enjoying the Children's Farm

Young Lamas are a star attraction with the children

Young Lamas are a star attraction with the children

Art College student Jonny Shields puts the finishing touches to his First Minister, Peter Robinson, and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, made from cheese

Art College student Jonny Shields puts the finishing touches to his First Minister, Peter Robinson, and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, made from cheese

&quot;One heavy weight Champion meets another&quot; Martin Rogan with prize winning bull Son Of Rocky

"One heavy weight Champion meets another" Martin Rogan with prize winning bull Son Of Rocky

Finishing touches are put to a horse, on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show

Finishing touches are put to a horse, on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show

Tea and sandwiches are served in the horse trials area

Tea and sandwiches are served in the horse trials area

Competitors in the horse trials area on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show

Competitors in the horse trials area on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show

A competitor gets ready to compete in an equestrian event

A competitor gets ready to compete in an equestrian event

A farmer power washes a bull prior to showing

A farmer power washes a bull prior to showing

Farmers relax on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show

Farmers relax on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show

Commonwealth Champion Martin Rogan with St.Kevins pupils at the Balmoral Show

Commonwealth Champion Martin Rogan with St.Kevins pupils at the Balmoral Show

SDLP European Election candidate Alban Maginness MLA squares up to Belfast's Commonwealth heavyweight champion Martin Rogan at the Balmoral Show

SDLP European Election candidate Alban Maginness MLA squares up to Belfast's Commonwealth heavyweight champion Martin Rogan at the Balmoral Show

One of the horses in the stables

One of the horses in the stables

One of the Black Alpine goats which are very rare

One of the Black Alpine goats which are very rare

The horses which are brought down to be judged

The horses which are brought down to be judged

People view what goes on at the balmoral show

People view what goes on at the balmoral show

FLASHBACK TO BALMORAL SHOW 2010. Corky the horse pictured in the stables

FLASHBACK TO BALMORAL SHOW 2010. Corky the horse pictured in the stables

A llama at the Balmoral Show

A llama at the Balmoral Show

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Balmoral Show 2011, Day 1

Wellies, brollies and cloth caps should be the order of the day for the thousands expected to flock to the 2011 Balmoral Show this week.

Scattered showers have been predicted for the biggest event of the agricultural calendar in Northern Ireland, which begins today.

Upwards of 70,000 could flood through the gates of the King's Hall during the three-day extravaganza, when the country comes to the city in style.

John Hammond of the Met Office has warned: "It will be a similar regime to the last few days so there are going to be some scattered showers, but also sunny intervals.

"At 15 to 16 degrees during the day for the rest of this week, we will experience higher than average temperatures for this time of year, but it won't be bone dry and there may even be localised thunder or hail storms mixed in on Thursday.

"I'd advise any visitors to the show to bring a brolly, or perhaps be prepared to take shelter in one of the tea tents."

While the Women's Institute will indeed be laying on their famous teas and traybakes in Harberton Hall, this year's NI Good Food Pavilion, part of the show's Food Village, will be the biggest ever and will feature stalls from 40 of Northern Ireland's top food and drink companies including Cookstown, Moy Park, Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt Company, Dale Farm, Sunblest and Baked in Belfast.

Celebrity chef Paul Rankin will be among those displaying their culinary skills along with Nick Price, of famous Belfast eatery Nick's Warehouse, and Connor McClelland, of Rayanne House, Holywood, who will be showing off his dishes inspired by the menu onboard the Titanic.

Other highlights will include Friday's Height Wars competition.

The traditional farming event dates back 200 years and has even been incorporated into the Highland Games.

The competition is a brand new attraction at this year's show and sees contestants invited to throw a 56lb weight and 22lb sheath toss as high as they can to win - members of the public can have a go during the event too.

Don't miss the sheep dog and duck display - that's border collies herding a noisy gaggle of Indian runner ducks around an obstacle course.

But the fowl had better keep their heads down if they want to avoid the falconry display, featuring owls, kestrels and Harris hawks, hand-trained by expert John Carmichael.

Another big draw will be the thrills and spills of The Devil's Horsemen.

Stars of stage and screen, these equestrian stunt riders and their specially-trained steeds will perform daring Cossack riding and medieval jousting - pitting dashing hero Harry Hotspur against the evil Black Knight for the hand of a fair maiden.

Racing fans will also be in for a treat when track legends like Beef Or Salmon, Harchibald and Brave Inca gather at a slower pace than normal for a 'Celebrity Race Horse to Riding Horse' parade in the main arena, voiced by At The Races commentator Richard Pugh.

Also taking part in the display will be OrganisedConfusion, turning his hoof to a new discipline just weeks after winning the Irish Grand National.


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