Be sure to put your invention to the test at Tullamore Show
THE popular Farming Independent inventions competition returns to County Offaly in August and offers serial innovators and students a springboard for future success.
Tullamore Show, incorporating the AIB National Livestock Show, always draws a crowd but one section of this popular show is particularly well-attended – the inventions competition.
This year, it will be headed up by Lesley Cox, an agricultural science teacher and daughter of the well-known Rodney Cox, a man many former competition entrants will be familiar with.
The competition has been getting more popular with each passing year. It draws out the curiosity and inventor in every one of us, and is a must-visit for anyone coming to the Tullamore Show on Sunday, 11 August.
To help stimulate those clever inventions a total of €2,000 in prize money is being provided by three sponsors, the Farming Independent; WR Shaw, Rosenallis, Co Laois; and Glenngorey Pumps Ltd, Newbridge, Co Kildare.
Last year, there were around 60 entries, which organisers say was the largest number since the competition began.
This year promises to be no different, with a large number of entries already received and more sure to follow as potential bright sparks avail of the opportunity to give their idea or invention a high-profile launch pad for future success.
Speaking to Ms Cox about this year's event, it seems that student entries for the inventions competition are getting more impressive every year. For this reason, there is now a student category in each one of the competition classes.