The Island’s best-known celebration of farming and rural pursuits will take place next month.
The “Royal Manx” will take place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August, at Knockaloe in Patrick.
This year’s event will feature some new enthralling acts and will see a number of esteemed judges visiting from off-Island.
A highlight of the two action-packed days will be the Glebeview Clydesdales, a magnificent display of stunning, imposing horses, which must be seen to be appreciated.
Following last year’s overwhelming success of the Land Rover Experience Display Team, they will be returning to again offer passengers exhilarating rides as their vehicles show off their capabilities – a must for any thrill-seeker!
Sponsor Manx Telecom will be joining in the fun: as well as hosting the team from Isle of Play with their hands-on outdoor activities for children, there will be a chance to step in to some virtual reality gaming from Matrix Arena or try out for a place on our leader board by competing for the fastest lap on one of their Playseats. Manx Telecom will also be hosting the mobile studio for Energy FM, whose presenters will be roaming the show field, interviewing exhibitors and attendees.
The usual cookery and farm and garden competitions, livestock judging, and popular dog obedience and agility shows will all be taking place. Richard Crowe will entertain the crowds with his sheep dog trials, and there will be a classic car parade and the ever-popular vintage tractor and machinery parade, along with many other activities.
Carol Kennaugh, Secretary of the Royal Manx Agricultural Society, said, “It has never been more important than now to promote Manx agriculture, or to respond to the need to support local and continue the ongoing education of just what an essential part agriculture plays on such a small island.
“We are indebted to our exhibitors who work so hard to continue to bringing animals of an immensely high standard to the Show. This highlights our need to acknowledge the dedication of the exhibitors by continuing to invite judges from off-Island to adjudicate their classes. Without our exhibitors, across all our sections, we simply wouldn’t have a Show.
“Likewise, without our sponsors and the support of Manx Telecom who continue to provide sponsorship, guidance and assistance in such a variety of ways, it would be impossible to create the event that we all love and enjoy.”
Manx Telecom CEO Gary Lamb added, “The Royal Manx is a standout event in the country calendar, and it is a pleasure to support the farming community in providing this showcase and helping the wider public to appreciate the importance of our agricultural sector. The organisers work extremely hard to make sure it is a great event for families as well as farmers and we look forward meeting people at our stand and enjoying a thrilling two days at Knockaloe.”
Purchase your tickets here, also available at various outlets around the Island.