Farmers, foodies and families haven’t long now to wait for the 100th Claremorris Agricultural Show, which takes place this bank holiday Sunday, August 5th.
For the past 100 years, the Claremorris Show Society have organised a show in the town, only being disrupted by two world wars and two outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in that time.
At the Showgrounds on the Castlebar road, it promises to be the biggest and best show yet.
With a wide range of classes to choose from, all types of livestock will be on show, including cattle, sheep, horses, donkeys and poultry.
Up for contention on the day will be The All-Ireland Pedigree Suckler-Type Heifer Championship Final, with a prize fund of €1,200.
For the horse enthusiasts there will be 55 classes, including Champion Ridden Hunter of the Show, a Registered Connemara Section and Champion Pony of the Show.
Another big attraction is the Dog Show, which always sees a large crowd. Starting at 2pm, judges will decide on the winners across 18 categories, in pet and pedigree classes.
In the marquee, horticulture and arts and crafts classes will be on display, featuring all the home produce, flowers, jams and delicious home baking. The Odlums All Ireland Baking Championship will take place on the day, with €300 up for grabs for the winner and a place in the final at Tullamore Show.
A children’s play zone, a fashion emporium, old-time waltz and jiving competitions, and the Run As One Dog Agility Club will ensure that the whole family will be entertained throughout the day.
This year will also feature the first-ever Connacht Truck Show as part of the show’s centenary celebrations.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Stuart Moyles and the Juniors and Duggan School of Dancing will be showing their talent on the dance floor.
An Alaskan milling demonstration by Sean Heneghan, is a must-see for chainsaw enthusiasts, while Irish Whip Wrestling will be putting on several shows, not for the faint hearted, during the day.
Speaking about the 100th Claremorris Agricultural Show, Gerry Lynch, show chairperson said: “It is at a time like this that we give thought to all the committees that have succeeded in ensuring that we got to this milestone and it is incumbent on us to make sure that there is a foundation laid to secure the future for many years to come.
“This year we have added extra attractions which we hope will be worthy of your support for a great family day out. The committee is currently working towards our goal of hosting a very memorable occasion,” he concluded.
More information about the day’s events can be found on the newly-launched Claremorris Agricultural Show website.