Organisers gearing up for 165th New Deer Show

Final preparations are well underway for the 165th New Deer Show to be held on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July.

The annual agricultural event will once again boast a bustling programme of events for visitors.

This year the special attraction is quad bike stunt artist Jason Smyth who is expected to wow the crowds on both days of the weekend-long event.

On Saturday, the programme will include livestock judging, a baby show and a fancy dress competition. There will also be a truck and tractor display.

On Sunday there will be show jumping, rope-making, open clay pigeon shooting, young farmers’ activities, a parade of vintage cars and sheep-shearing demonstrations throughout the afternoon in the livestock area.

There will also be a new addition to proceedings, a ‘horse and hound’ event in which owners will be able to show their dogs and horses.

Dog lovers will be treated to a number of canine competitions, including terrier racing, gun dog displays and a companion dog show.

There will also be a special celebration to commemorate 175 years since the start of manufacturing of John Deere agricultural equipment.

On the final day there will be Zumba, Highland dancing and belly dancing on offer.

Throughout the weekend, the usual staples of the New Deer Show will be there, including the industrial tent, trade stands, the food and craft marquee, and also the educational tent which is particularly popular with younger visitors.

Before the events begin on Saturday, there will be a neon night with DJ Jasper on Friday, and on Saturday night Irish band Playboys will be performing.

On both evenings, guests pay at the door. The performances are open to everyone aged 16 and over, and ID will be required.

Commenting on preparations show secretary Claire Cooper said: “New Deer Show isn’t just for the farming community, it is for everyone to enjoy.

“We are all very happy with how the preparations have been going.

“The numbers in the poultry and rabbits, and the cattle and sheep categories are all up on last year’s figures which is great. All we are hoping for now is an improvement in the weather”.

The show committee comprises nearly 100 members, all of whom are volunteers and will be heavily involved with this year’s show.

More information is available on the show’s website: