Attractions galore at Royal Manx Show as organisers hope for sunny weather

PATRICK EXTRAVAGANZA: The Royal Manx Agricultural Show returns to its new home at Knockaloe following a successful event in 2011. PHOTO: John Maddrell JM110813 (35).

PATRICK EXTRAVAGANZA: The Royal Manx Agricultural Show returns to its new home at Knockaloe following a successful event in 2011. PHOTO: John Maddrell JM110813 (35).

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THE Royal Manx Agricultural Show promises a spectacular array of attractions – and organisers are hoping now that good weather will provide the icing on the cake.

Based for the second year running at its site at Knockaloe, organisers are hoping to build on the success of last year.

With a healthy entry of trade stands, exhibits and the all-important livestock, the show’s Christine Pain said it promised to be a big crowd puller.

‘We have a big range of attractions,’ she said. ‘There’s a really big entry in the light horse classes and we have show jumping on Friday and carriage driving on Saturday, not to mention three dog shows.

‘Knockaloe is a really dry site and for the last few weeks of bad weather it has often basked in sunshine when the rest of the island has pouring rain so don’t be put off coming!’

Attractions include a display from Ridgeside Falconry and a motorcycle display by enduro rider David Knight.

Manx Telecom is sponsoring Team Extreme skateboarding and BMX, who will be using a large ramp to pull some breathtaking stunts.

There is to be musical entertainment throughout the day with a number of different performers including the Crosby Silver Band, the Manx Jazz Kats, Manx Jazz Aces, Nigel Williams, the Beatles Band and many others.

A somewhat different display is promised from guest attraction the British Champion lumberjack, who will demonstrate his skills with a chain saw.

There will be chain saw carving as well as axe racing where contestants compete to hack through a piece of wood as quickly as possible.

There will also be the pick of the island’s livestock and a fine entry for the Fur and Feather classes.

‘We are very proud of the livestock that will be on display,’ Mrs Pain said.

Arts and crafts will include lace making, spinning and weaving, and many local groups will feature.

There will also be a large display of arts and crafts in the dedicated Floral Arts marquee.

The island’s Women’s Institute will have a display along with the island’s beekeepers, plus there will be practical displays of live sheep shearing.

‘People like to see it because it is a part of farming and the countryside they don’t usually get to see,’ Mrs Pain explained.

Kirree Kermode will be running a countryside classroom and classic vehicle enthusiasts will be drawn to the displays of classic cars which will be on display as well as vintage tractors and farm machinery.

The show itself has been running for 154 years and this year celebrates the 60th anniversary of being granted the title ‘Royal’.

The title was granted in 1952 by the current monarch, who last visited the show in 1989.

The show takes place on Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, at Knockaloe Farm, Patrick.

Admission is £6 on Friday and £8 on Saturday but a concessionary rate of £1 for children aged under 14 applies on both days.

Organisers want to remind potential visitors that no dogs will be permitted in the show field on Saturday because of the

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