Loughtan Sheep

Royal Manx Agricultural Show

This year's show had something for everyone - from petting animals to riding stunts and everything in between.

Despite on-going road works and changeable weather conditions, crowds flocked to the Royal Manx Agricultural Show, held at Knockaloe Farm in Patrick, for an extensive programme of events over two days.

Royal Show Tractor
With its friendly atmosphere and family based activities, there was something for everyone, together with a wide range of eateries to suit all tastes and lots of interesting ideas for those seeking new hobbies or pastimes.

Royal Show RibbonIt was a perfect opportunity to display a cross-section of the rural industries, including the popular beekeepers' tent and the Manx Food Court, which provided an insight into local businesses such as the Apple Orphanage and Laxey Glen Flour Mill.

The meat section, which included both well established outlets and some new contenders, was particularly busy with shoppers.

Craftwork was especially prominent, as was a
selection of trade stands and children's entertainment. with competitions for fur and feather, baking and vegetable growers attracting the curiosity seekers.

The main entertainment ring became a focus of attention for animal judging but also drew the crowds for the daring, trick riding stunt show, Gulliver's Carnival, presented by the Stampede Stunt Company and sponsored by Manx Telecom.

Curraghs Wildlife Park had a few treats in store for younger visitors, whilst the ever popular classic cars and vintage machinery kept other generations occupied at the far end of the showfield.

Loughtan Sheep
But equal to the surrounding entertainment was the presence of the farm animals submitted for judging, which included an excellent range of cattle, sheep, goats and heavy horses, with an opportunity for the public to come into close contact with some of our countryside companions.

Valerie Caine
© August 2014