The Royal Manx Agricultural Society (RMAS) is pleased to announce that it plans to go ahead with the Royal Manx Agricultural Show in 2021, following a year’s enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic. The show will take place on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th August 2021 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 most popular 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 that 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.”
Manx Telecom has sponsored the Royal Manx Agricultural Show since 2012 and Manx Telecom 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. Clearly any precautions necessary around the coronavirus pandemic will be implemented to make the event safe for everyone and we thank the organisers for being pro-active in the measures they are taking.”