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Tullamore Show Entries Break Records

27th July 2017

LAST Wednesday, July 19 was the closing date of the online competition entries for the Tullamore Show & AIB National Livestock Show, and organisers are delighted with the great number submitted. T

he online competition system, that is one of only two in the country, was developed right here in Tullamore by Dotser Web & Marketing, now located in O’Connor Square.

Competition entry numbers have broken last year’s high records, and with high standards of entries in livestock and cookery and sheep especially, this year’s premier one day outdoor event is lined up to wow and impress competitors and visitors alike.

Entries that will still be taken on day are in Family Pony, Horticulture, Cookery, Craft & Needlework, Art & Photography, Sheepdog Trials and Fashion Competitions. We can confirm that no late entries will be accepted in any other class. Judging for most classes starts at 10am, with the site grounds open to exhibitors from 7:30am, and everybody from 9am. With a total prizefund of €175,000, you need to be in to win.

The Best Dressed Lady section has attracted great interest already, boasting a bumper prize that includes €1,000 cash, sponsored by Rose Finlay total health pharmacy, Overnight Stay & Evening Dinner in the Bridge House Hotel, a historical tour of Tullamore with Annaharvey Chauffeur Services, a private visit to the beautiful, historical Round House with Mick Scully and evening dinner for 2 in Captain House following you historical tour of Tullamore with a 2nd Prize of €350 Voucher for Thai Touch, Clonagh, Tullamore.

Prepare to see elegant and stunning outfits adorning the Tullamore showgrounds on Sunday 13th August. Men will not be disappointed either, with a stunning suit from Galvin Tullamore for the winner, and a round of Gold & dinner at Esker Hills for the 2nd place winner. Glamorous Grannies, Bonny Babies and Young Mr. and Miss Offaly titles are up for grabs on the day also, along with the always popular ‘Traditional Farmer’ competition.

For people travelling to the Showgrounds from Tullamore, the Tullamore Show have a free Shuttle Bus service running from Tullamore Town Centre to Show Grounds, servicing and O'Connor Square and the Train Station. This commences at 9am and finishes at 5pm. The shuttle bus is a continuous service running all day, in and out of the Showgrounds’ Drop Off area.

The SuperShow system, developed by Dotser Web & Marketing, allowed the competitor to enter the class of their choice online. This system guided the entrant through the registration process with drop-down selection boxes to ensure a simple and clear online registration process, giving the show live and up-to-date information on entries. Previously, this process was completed by hard copy only, with payments taken by cheque or cash, meaning the office staff were extraordinarily busy updating their records, both banking and entry form records. Now their time is freed up to allow for investing in developing other areas of the show, to continue to make this the best show in the country. The committee are delighted with the system, as Freda Kinnarney, Operations Manager proudly reports that ‘being able to view this data on a daily basis and easily allow the competitors to enter their exhibits to the show is something we could not do without now. So much work goes into preparing for the day, that we are glad for all the extra time we are now allowed that is saved by using the Dotser SuperShow system.’ Freda also would like to ‘thank all the exhibitors to date, and would remind people that there are still some entries being taken on the day’.

Some might be interested in the new judging system for the Angus section. This year, the Tullamore Show & AIB National Livestock Show is introducing a change in the judging system for some classes in the Show. They are trying out a new system for the Angus breed, and particularly the Angus Beef Ireland National Angus Calf Championships, which is made up of 6 classes, with €1,000 cash prize fund per class. The new procedure being followed by judges see 3 Judges operating independently, with a scrutineer who will tally the judging decisions of the 3 judges, to reach the winners of their respective classes. They have a Canadian judge as one of the 3 Angus judges.

Site layout and developments are very much in progress now, with the many people involved in making this event happening, working tirelessly to ensure the Tullamore Show & AIB National Livestock Show thrills, excites and continues to earn the respect of the country, as the country’s largest one-day show. We are delighted to have such great support from all of the local community and businesses, and national alike, to ensure this event is a success for the county, and the country. Connect with the Show via www.tullamoreshow.com, add them on Snapchat, twitter or Facebook for more information, competitions, and news.

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