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Balmoral Show: Sheep steal show on day two

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Media captionSheep judge Nicola Fletcher explains what makes a sheep a champion at Balmoral Show

Thousands of people attended day two of the Balmoral Show on Thursday.

The rain stayed away from the showpiece agricultural event, with temperatures reaching the high teens.

BBC News NI had coverage throughout the day across Twitter and Facebook, with reporters out and about at the Balmoral Park near Lisburn, County Antrim.

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Media captionBBC News NI's agriculture correspondent Conor Macauley explains what farmers have been discussing at the show

Anyone looking for more information about getting to the show on the remaining days - Friday and Saturday - can check out our guide here.

Among Thursday's events were music performances at the Show Stage, with country stars Derek Ryan and Niamh McGlinchey making appearances.

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Media captionIntrepid weatherman Barra Best braves the big wheel at the Balmoral Show to bring you the forecast

Ex-world championship motocross rider Jason Smyth took his Adrenaline Tour to the Main Arena.

The Supreme Hunter Championship and the Horse Parade were part of the afternoon's events, along with the Celtic Storm Irish Dancers.

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Media captionLisnamurrican Young Farmers Club's tug-of-war training

The competitions began before the gates opened to the general public, with the Connemara showing ponies first out at 08:30 BST.

The Royal Ulster International Shearing Championship was a popular draw.

And months of hard training came to a head as young farmers battled it out in a tug-of-war competition.

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