Chinese and Russian shearers sign up to take on world's elite
Top sheep shearers from China and Russia have joined the international contingent who will be in Gorey next month for the 16th Golden Shears Wold Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Championships.
At the official launch of the competition last week in Dublin it was announced that Chinese and Russian individual competitors and teams will compete, which is a major coup.
The competition which will include the Good Food Ireland Village will take place between May 17 and May 25 in Gorey and will bring 40,000 visitors to the area. It will take place on a 25 acre site on the outskirts of the town.
A host of activities highlighting the best of Irish agriculture, heritage, food and music is planned to give visitors a truly unique agricultural trading and tourism experience.
The Good Food Ireland Village will highlight Ireland's culture through its food where visitors can experience a real taste of Ireland and meet the people behind the products. Some 6,600 sheep, provided by farmers in Wexford and countrywide, will be specifically treated and prepared for shearing during the Championships.
Speaking at the announcement in Dublin, George Graham – Host Chairman of the event and Vice Chairman of Golden Shears World Counci – spoke of his pride in bringing the event to Ireland and the shores of the sunny south east.
Among the plans in place for the festival is the 'ICM Sheep Shearing Dome' which will be specially constructed on site and seat up to 1,200 people who can enjoy the shearing competitions, entertainment and bar facilities in comfort under cover.
Alongside the shearing competitions starting on May 22, the Golden Shears Fringe Festival will feature a wealth of attractions for all the family.
Tickets from €10 are available online at www.goldenshearsireland.com and children under 12 go free with an adult.