In 1903 The Association founded and staged their first show the same year. It was a local idea that promoted a new form of marketing and entertainment for the community. The Show was a success and gave new purpose for those in the agricultural industry. The show established a new form of promotion that businesses view to benefit the local talent and workers.
The Show was an event that many looked forward to, whether it was for amusement or for business purposes, however, war struck. The Ballymoney Show was closed down during World War Two, and so everyone had a duty to uphold in order to protect and stay safe. Local trade and businesses closed in order to serve and the show would not occur for years.
After World War 2 the show was not reopened for a while due to the original host no longer involved with it. However, later the show was revived by the three Young Farmers Clubs in the area – Finvoy, Kilraughts and Moycraig. Such motivation from local farming clubs proved that the Ballymoney Show gives purpose for those related in agriculture to keep moving forward.
Following the Young Farmers Clubs take over a new and improved version of the Ballymoney Show happened every year, each being more reinvented than the last. Since the first show there was new forms of inventions that helped the world ease into a new modern age. With such changes coming to fruition the Ballymoney Show had never been so popular. It became a necessity for many people to experience.
As more years went by the attention of the Ballymoney Show increased involving new types of people to be included in attendance, even the royals. Different members of the Royal Family attended The Ballymoney Show to socialise and inform with the community in order to demonstrate respect to the local members of the agricultural field. The show had become a spectacle that even the higher class would acknowledged, fully embedding its presence into history.
The Ballymoney show is a long lasting event that has managed to innovate and sustain relevancy for a century. The modern ages technology has brought new eyes to the show, proving that it can keep moving with society. However, the Ballymoney still keeps the community grounded further reminder that somethings don’t change in the agriculture scene. The Ballymoney Show will help the industry professionals, decision makers, farmers and industry leaders to come together and network and communicate with each other which gives rise to new ideas.