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Thousands flock to first day of 150th Balmoral Show

Balmoral Show draws tens of thousands of people to the four-day event. Credit: Presseye

Thousands of people are attending the opening day of the 150th Balmoral Show - the biggest event on the farming calendar.

Now in its 150th year, organisers say Ireland's largest agricultural and food show will be bigger and better than ever.

Tens of thousands are expected to attend over the next four days.

Balmoral Show means plenty of hard work for the exhibitors. Credit: Presseye

The show is taking place at the former Maze site just outside Lisburn and features a mix of farming displays and family activities.

Police advise motorists to take care and leave extra time for journeys due to the large crowds attending.

Livestock displays are a major part of the Balmoral Show. Credit: Presseye

The Balmoral Show started back in 1854, when the North East Agricultural Association of Ireland was formed.

The first shows were held at Belfast Corporation Markets from 1855 to 1895.

The Balmoral showgrounds were purchased in 1894 and the first show held there in 1896. It historically relocated to outside Lisburn in 2013.

UTV's Paul Reilly and Sarah Clarke will be at Balmoral Show throughout the four days. Credit: UTV

UTV's Paul Reilly and Sarah Clarke are at Balmoral Show to bring reports each evening on UTV Live at 6pm.

They will also be bringing a look at all the highlights of the four-day event in a special programme, UTV At The Show, on Tuesday night at 10.45pm.