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After taking an enforced break last year, the organisers of the island’s biggest agricultural show are fully intending to run the event this year.

The Royal Manx Agricultural Society says the show will take place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 August at its usual home, Knockaloe, in Patrick.

A celebration of farming and countryside pursuits, the Royal Manx Agricultural Show sponsored by Manx Telecom is one of the biggest community events of the year, providing two days of family entertainment as well as an opportunity for farmers and livestock holders to exhibit their animals.

There will be some adaptations to the 2021 schedule due to the ongoing restrictions around the pandemic, most notably the judges will be local experts rather than invited from the UK.

RMAS Show Secretary Carol Kennaugh explained: ‘The Society’s Council were unanimous in their decision to invite local-only judges, primarily as a duty of care to our own members, all exhibitors and the general public. Whilst Council appreciates using local judges may affect affiliations, attendee well-being and safety was paramount in this decision and it was the wisest thing to do.’

MT has sponsored the Royal Manx Agricultural Show since 2012 and CEO Gary Lamb said: ‘We’re delighted that plans are already well advanced to put on “the Royal” in 2021. It is always such a fantastic demonstration of arts, crafts and animal husbandry, showcasing the best of island life.’

Prospective entrants for the show classes can find more information at www.royalmanx.com or by emailing Carol Kennaugh at royalmanx@manx.net.