During visits to Ballymoney and Lurgan lounges today, he said the deadline for applications would be extended by four weeks to June 30.
“It was fantastic to visit two of our very popular agricultural shows and meet farmers, food producers and visitors. Performances like this are essential to supporting our rural communities as well as boosting tourism and the local economy,” said Minister Poots.
“Like many similar key agricultural shows they have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic meaning they have lost the opportunity to raise funds so I am delighted we have been able to extend the date. closing ceremony of the £200,000 Bounceback Program and I encourage organizers to submit their applications and relevant documents as soon as possible.
“It was great to see the shows today buzzing with excitement as well as showcasing our great local produce and livestock and I look forward to visiting many more over the weeks and months. to come – all key events of the year.”
Minister Poots has appointed Aled Rhys Jones to lead a review of the resilience of NI agricultural shows. The independent review, which will define challenges and opportunities for the entertainment sector and explore future options for support, is underway and expected to be completed by the end of the summer.
This is Lurgan’s 107th show, with records stating it was first staged in 1846, making it one of the longest running one-day shows on the island of Ireland .
The two-day Ballymoney Show, first held in 1902, offers animal husbandry lessons as well as cooking demonstrations, competitions and trade stalls.