Turn your invention into a Tullamore show-stopper
Popular Farming Independent inventions competition returns to County Offaly next month and offers serial innovators and students the opportunity to showcase their brightest ideas
Just around the corner is this year's Tullamore Show which is being held on Sunday, August 12 just outside of Tullamore, Co Offaly.
Incorporating the AIB National Livestock Show, this is truly a family event, but one section which always draws a crowd is the inventions competition. A total of €2,000 in prize money is provided by three sponsors, the Farming Independent, WR Shaw, Rosenallis, Co Laois, and Glenngorey Pumps Ltd, Newbridge, Co Kildare.
Headed up by Rodney Cox and his crew, the competition draws out the curiosity and inventor in every one of us, and is a must-visit at the Tullamore event.
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. As we struggle with our current economic situation, many look for a way out through developing their ideas and showcasing them at events such as this.
Speaking to Mr Cox about this year's event, he is confident of an even bigger entry this year. "Last year we moved the judging of the inventions competition to Saturday, which is the day before the actual show. This was to facilitate the judges to get around and judge the inventions, because the previous year, the crowds were just too much.
"This year there is huge interest and enquiries from students in the inventions competition and at a level which we haven't had before either.
"We have always been chiselling away at the student sector, both second and third level, trying to encourage them to enter the competition."