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Balmoral Show a day out to enjoy for show-goers of all ages

By Linda Stewart ·

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Connor Durnin and son Darragh

Some people go for the Cattle Parade, others love the showjumping. But judging by the comments of the visitors to the Balmoral Show, the machinery is a huge hit.

The organisers looked to have called it right by moving the popular plant machinery, expanding it to allow for an extra 2,000 sqm of space. The plant machinery section has grown into a small city of soaring cherrypickers, gigantic tractors and vast concrete products.

It was one of the things that attracted John and Marion Graham from Carrickfergus, who described the Balmoral Show as a great day out. "I like looking round the machinery," John explained.

Connor Durnin (31), from Cullyhanna, Co Armagh, grew up spending a lot of time on his grandfather's farm. He was keen to introduce two-year-old son Darragh to the delights of farming.

"I just came to take him to show him the animals," he said. "It's good to get here to show him the animals, see the machinery and teach him about the industry."

Sinead White (36), from near Newry, was making the acquaintance of the goats in the Children's Farm with her daughters Alice (5) and Olivia (1). "The kids love it because of the lovely animals - they have animals on the brain," she said. "It's a great fun day out."

Balmoral Highlights 2018

Meanwhile, the Marshall and Rodgers families from Belfast were enjoying their first experience of the Balmoral Show.

"This is our first time at the show. The daughter tortured me to come," explained Glenda Marshall (33). "You hear good things about it - it's for the kids really. It's brilliant, really good. They love the animals in the children's farm."

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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Four year old Anna McFeeters from Carryduff pictured at the show with a Kid goat. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.

It was the second visit for Andrea Lloyd (34) and her son Freddie (17 months), who were exploring the Horticulture Village.

"We came last year when he was just a small baby, and that was the first time," she said. "Freddie likes the tractors and I like the food."

But Ellie Fitzsimons (12) from Crossgar, Co Down, was more drawn to the shopping village in the Eikon Centre. "It's a nice place to go. We come here every year," she said. "There are lots of different things about. I like all the wee stalls - each one is different."

Ruairi McCloskey (36) from Dungiven, Co Londonderry, was looking at the tractors with his son Cahir (10). "I like the livestock and the machinery. He likes the stunt riders," he said.

It was the first visit for Trevor Middleton (54) from Londonderry, who was there with Trisha Tweedie (51), from Lisburn. Trisha said: "Years and years ago I would have been at it when it was at the King's Hall, but this is the first time here."

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Connor Durnin and son Darragh
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Sinead White and daughters Alice and Olivia
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Andrea Lloyd and son Freddie
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Trevor Middleton and Trisha Tweedie
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Four year old Anna McFeeters from Carryduff pictured at the show with a Kid goat. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Riverside Special School pupils Dexter project during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Horse Jumping at the Balmoral Show on Wednesday. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Horse Jumping at the Balmoral Show on Wednesday. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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HRH Princess Anne visits the Balmoral show today (Wednesday). While at the show she viewed an exhibition of the 150 years of the Balmoral show. she also presented an award to Show Judge Terence McKeag for his 50 years service at the show. Photo by Aaron McCracken

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HRH Princess Anne visits the Balmoral show today (Wednesday). While at the show she viewed an exhibition of the 150 years of the Balmoral show. she also presented an award to Show Judge Terence McKeag for his 50 years service at the show. Photo by Aaron McCracken

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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Stunt Moto cross riders put off freestyle tricks during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Big Air Motocross Freestyle Jumps at the Balmoral Show. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Singer Derek Ryan pictured at the Balmoral Show on Wednesday. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Riverside Special School pupils Stephen Millar and Matthew Bloomer Dexter project during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. A robotic robot entertains the crowds at the Balmoral Show. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Maurice Murphy and Azaria the goat. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Maurice Murphy and Azaria the goat. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Sarah 12,Rachael 10 and Richard 6 pictured with there sheep. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Jacqueline Baxter from Newtownstwert pictured with Reserve and Special Champion Heifer Beauty Hill Ferrari. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Michaela Rodgers from Carnlough. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
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REPRO FREE McAuley Multimedia 16/05/18 Marcia McNally, TechXpert at Ulster Bank meets Zeldan the Giant French Lop during day one of the 2018 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Wolf and Woodsman's David Knowles, Andy Laverty and Jonny Laverty with Lynsey Cunningham Regional Director, Entrepreneurship at Ulster Bank. Wolf and Woodsman was one of the companies provided with free space by Ulster Bank to exhibit in its marquee. The companies include Ulster Bank customers and entrepreneurs from the bank's Entrepreneur Accelerator. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Jenny Gregg and Lila Gregg from Craft Equestrian with Lynsey Cunningham Regional Director, Entrepreneurship at Ulster Bank. Craft Equestrian was one of the companies provided with free space by Ulster Bank to exhibit in its marquee. The companies include Ulster Bank customers and entrepreneurs from the bank's Entrepreneur Accelerator. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Jake McClurg (10) from Ballynahinch, who is showing sheep, pictured as the gates open for the 150th Balmoral show (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Allen McIntosh of Ulster Wool shows a fleece to school children at the Sheep Shearing competition on the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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HRH Princess Anne visits the Balmoral Show today. Photo by Aaron McCracken RUAS/No Repro Fee
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HRH Princess Anne visits the Balmoral Show today accompanied by RUAS president Cyril Millar and Chief Executive Alan Crowe (L). Photo by Aaron McCracken RUAS/No Repro Fee
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Horse show jumping in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Horse show jumping in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank's Henry the Hippo pictured with Erin Gould(2) from ballygowan. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank has the NatWest Six Nations trophy at its stand over the four days of this yearÕs Balmoral Show. Visitors to the show today had the chance to have their photo taken with the trophy which Ireland claimed this year as part of their Grand Slam success. Pictured with the trophy are Trevor Hanna and Peter Armstrong from Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank has the NatWest Six Nations trophy at its stand over the four days of this yearÕs Balmoral Show. Visitors to the show today had the chance to have their photo taken with the trophy which Ireland claimed this year as part of their Grand Slam success. Pictured with the trophy are Miceal Doyle from Ballyward and his children Eoin(8), Clara(6) and Rose(3). Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank has the NatWest Six Nations trophy at its stand over the four days of this yearÕs Balmoral Show. Visitors to the show today had the chance to have their photo taken with the trophy which Ireland claimed this year as part of their Grand Slam success. Pictured with the trophy is Ulster Bank Henry The Hippo Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Katherine Smart , aged 5 ,from Loughgall during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park (Brian Little/PressEye)
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Conor Savage from Castlewellen preparing his Blondie cattle during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Horse jumping competition starts on the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Max Jess aged 3 from Kilkeel looking at the tractors during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Cattle showing in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Cattle showing in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Who jumping in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Cattle showing in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Matthew Preston, aged 12, from Antrim showing his Dexter Cattle during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Emma Allen from Loughgall showing her Limousin Bull during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Martine McCann (left) and Alica McAuley with her Limousin Cattle during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Hayden Tumelty from Dowpatrick with his Dexter cattle during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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Rhonda Geary
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15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show.
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15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show. Andrea McKee from Killinchy along with her horse
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15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show. Emily Magowan from Killinchy and her horse Patrick.
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15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show.
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15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show. Emily Magowan from Killinchy and her horse Patrick.
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15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show.