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5,000 fans flock to Lurgan Show

Five thousand people turned out to enjoy a fantastic Lurgan Show on Saturday.

The visitors crammed in to the event's now traditional home of Lurgan Park to enjoy livestock competitions, horse and pony classes, rural craft displays, pet shows, trade stands and the funfair.

The carnival atmosphere was enhanced by the warm sunshine on the faces of the visitors.

Discussions at the show secretary's office were focused on plans for next year's Centenary Show.

"We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure that Lurgan 2012 will be our best show ever," society vice-chairman David Riley told the Belfast Telegraph.

Meanwhile, out in the show rings, livestock enthusiasts from all over Northern Ireland were vying to win the prizes.

In the cattle section, the Champion of the Field accolade went to Portadown's Philip and Simon Haffey with their excellent Holstein cow Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2.

The Champion Beef Animal and Reserve Champion of Show was the Blonde heifer Ivaniskey Eitsy Bitsy, exhibited by the McElroy family from Dromara in Co Down.

Ulster Farmers' Union President John Thompson attended the event and said he believes that all our local agricultural shows have a key role to play when it comes to promoting the agri-food sector.

"Farming has the potential to lead the rest of the economy out of recession," he added.

Belfast Telegraph