The 2014 Balmoral Show got off to a dream start yesterday as thousands of visitors and competitors streamed into the Maze site to see the best of Ulster agriculture.
Colin McDonald, Chief Executive of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, which runs the annual event said: “I don’t think we could have asked for a better start. The weather was dry and cool— perfect conditions for exhibiting animals and allowing visitors to stroll around and see the exhibits.”
The first day this year was on a par with the first day in the new Maze site in 2013 in terms of visitor numbers, he said, but with the added bonus this year that intensive traffic management has now improved ease of access.
Last year a total of 77,000 people attended over three days and this year looks to be on target for a similar number, he said.
The highlight of this year’s first day was the visit of the Princess Royal.
He added: “She is well used to these shows and reckoned that ours is on a par with any other show in the UK.”
There are some 5,000 livestock entries over the three days, including cattle horses, sheep and poultry. Other attractions include all manner of farm equipment, and family friendly attractions.
Yesterday saw breathtaking aerial acrobatics from the Bolddog freestyle motorcycle stunt team.
Mr McDonald advised visitors to come by public transport. A dedicated shuttle bus is travelling from Lisburn railway station to the venue.