The Southern District Agricultural Society put on their first Show in the fields adjacent to Billown Mansion, Malew, on Wednesday 19th August 1914 and have been staging this annual Show ever since, with the exception of three breaks in the Shows history. In 1915 until 1919 during First World War, during the Second World War 1939 to 1945, and during the Foot & Mouth outbreak in 2001 when there were no Shows held. The Annual Show has since been held in various venues around Castletown.
The second Show was held at Great Meadow in 1920. It then moved to Westhill (Buchan School) where it remained from 1921 until 1947. It then went on to Farrant’s Flat from 1948 to 1963, and then Janet’s Corner 1964 to 1972. The Show finally returned to Great Meadow in 1973 with the kind permission of the Riggall Family, where it has remained ever since, developing into a two-day Show in the early 1990’s.
Always having a careful and dedicated Committee has meant that the Southern Show has managed to hold its own in times of dramatic change over the past 100 years. It continues to be a well respected agricultural and rural event that enjoys great support from all over the Island and further afield.
The Society has now been working hard to promote excellence in agriculture on the Island for over 100 years. We look forward to you joining us this year to celebrate another Southern District Agricultural Show. Whether you are a past exhibitor, or are new to it all, we would like to welcome you to help support the worthwhile aims of this Society. We would also be very grateful, if you have any photos or memorabilia from past Shows that could be displayed in the heritage tent, if you could contact the secretary, Mrs Sarah Comish on 07624 494497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org