The organisers of the Southern District Agricultural Show have announced that it is moving to a new home.
After almost 50 years at Great Meadow in Castletown, the show will this year move to Orrisdale Farm, Ballasalla.
A statement on the show’s website said: ‘The Southern District Agricultural Show has been held at Great Meadow in Castletown for nearly 50 years, and the Moore-Riggall Family have been involved with the Show since it’s early beginnings in 1914. The Society will forever be extremely grateful to Mr & Mrs Riggall and Family for the support given to the Show over many, many years.
‘As interest in the Show has continued to grow along with visitor and exhibitor numbers so have the requirements for the Showfield. The new Showground at Orrisdale Farm, Ballasalla, has been made possible with the generosity of landowners Mr & Mrs P Kermode and Family, and we hope you will all enjoy the new location and bear with us as we make the transition.’
The move will not change the show, as the agricultural and rural focus will remain at its core and continue to be the driving force behind its organisation. The organisers say they will still have the ‘best of the Islands livestock, equine, canine, poultry and small animal exhibits on display at the Show, as well as Farm and Garden produce, confectionery and crafts’.
The statement added: ‘Every effort is made to cater for the tastes and interests of the thousands of visitors that attend the event each year and our programme is constantly updated to reflect and respond to those interests.
To ensure we have the best chance of going ahead this year, we are very pleased to have the support of some excellent local judges for our various competitions, and as we love local talent at the Southern Show, we are planning lots of local demonstrations and displays for 2021.’