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Manx Agricultural Show

The Island has 2 main agricultural events each year; the Royal Manx Agricultural Show and the Southern Agricultural Show.

This year the Royal Manx Agricultural Show was held on the 8th and 9th August and the Southern Agricultural Show was held on the 26th and 27th July.

These popular events are great family days out.  With livestock competitions, displays of farm machinery, local produce to sample and much more.

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We recently met with Christine Pane who is the Secretary of the Royal Manx Agricultural Society at Knockaloe Farm in Patrick prior to the start of the 2014 Royal Manx Agricultural Show. 

Christine, how much effort goes into organising such a huge event?

It's a huge amount effort by an lot of people and it is all done by volunteers.  It started about 2 weeks ago - bringing everything out and putting it all together.  And then all our exhibitors turn up - so it's an awful lot of work.

And I think its also fair to say that it wouldn't be possible without the help of your sponsors.  Why do you think you generate so much support from local businesses?

I think they appreciate that it is such a great community event, it's a very traditional part of Manx life really.  We get all sorts of people, from all ranges of the community so obviously it's in the interest of the locals businesses to be here, to be seen to be here and to support us and we do very much appreciate their help.

How many people are you expecting through the gates this weekend?

We would hope if the weather is good, and it's not too bad at the moment and I think it's going to get better, for about 20,000 but we're not entitely sure on numbers so that's what we estimate.

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How does that compare to last year and previous years?

It's fairly steady really because the Royal Show is a traditional part of Manx life so people do tend to come every year.  We are lucky that we have some additional entertainment again thanks to our pricncipal sponsors Manx Telecom.  And that has drawn extra people in again.  The show as a whole is such a tradition that people do tend to come rain or shine.

Can you tell us a bit about what is going on over the 2 days.  Is there anything new that we won't have seen before?

Well I go back to that fact that is it traditional.  So we have all our heavy livestock here tomorrow.  Today were have the calf show where we have the younger members of the farming community coming along with calves and they have a show starting with very small children working up to people of 25 years.  We have 3 dogs shows on today.  So lots to see in that respect.  Tomorrow is the main livestock day there's heavy horses, cattle, sheep, goats etc so if you like livestock, tomorrow is the day to come. 

Do you have any particular highlights?  Anything you particularly look forward to?

I just look forward to the show field filling up with people, it's a great atmosphere and that's the real part of the show once the public come and they start to enjoy themselves that's what makes it all worthwhile.

To view a video of the interview see below.