Cats' Cody to get Iverk ball rolling
More than 20,000 people are expected to congregate in the south east this Saturday to attend the 185th Iverk Show.
First started in 1826, the show has the distinction of being the oldest agricultural show in the country and, in the intervening years, has become one of the biggest events on the show circuit.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Simon Coveney will be joined by Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody to perform the official opening ceremony at 11.30am.
With Kilkenny's All-Ireland hurling final against defending champions Tipperary looming on September 4, Cody will be a star attraction on the day.
The Kilkenny manager will stay on to present the trophy to the winner of the Maid of Glanbia Dairy Heifer Class.
The show has a packed schedule of competitions and, despite the recession, has secured a number of new classes and new sponsors for this year's show.
Among the new sponsors is Husqvarna, which, in association with Tennyson Grass Machinery, will be sponsoring the 32-County Broodmare and Foal championship. Another major new event is the AIBP €2,000 Super Bullock class in the cattle section.