Herd the news? It's showtime for annual Balmoral Show
The biggest event on the Northern Ireland farming calendar gets under way today as the 147th annual Balmoral Show opens at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn.
The festival, which offers urban dwellers a taste of rural life, brings its varied agricultural entourage to the former Maze site, offering events from daredevil stunt displays to falconry.
Foodies can flock to the food village, while families can choose from circus workshops, the funfair and craft village and also hop aboard the fleet of vintage farm machinery which will be on display until Friday's final day.
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A parade of equine and bovine participants will compete for the blue ribbon, while the sheep will lose the coats on their backs in the shearing competitions.
Among the attractions that are set to be one of the biggest draws for this year is a live show of robotic milking.
Last year, tens of thousands of people converged on Balmoral Park at the site of the former Maze Prison outside Lisburn, and this year the event has increased in size by an estimated 10%.
How to get there
Visitors are encouraged to use public transport to get to the Balmoral Show. A courtesy shuttle service will run from Lisburn Train Station to Balmoral Park from 8.30am to 9pm daily.
Parking at the show grounds at Balmoral Park will cost £5 per day for cars, and £10 per day for coaches. It is advised to leave plenty of time to travel to the show.
The show runs from Wednesday to Friday, open from 9.30am daily.