Sitting on two hundred acres, the 68th Bonniconlon Show is deeply rooted in the diary of many.
30,000 people are expected to descend upon the showgrounds, this Bank Holiday Monday 7th August 2017.
President of the Irish Shows Association, Pat Corbet is set to officially open the show-gates.
With over 200 trade stands and 610 showing classes, some of the countries’ most prestigious competitions are hosted on the Bonniconlon lands.
Claiming to be the counties’ second biggest Agricultural show in the Republic of Ireland, an exciting programme of events has been confirmed.
Exhibitors will walk home through the gates, with a grand total of €70,000 prize money, with 100 championship titles, right across the board up for grabs.
Just a few of this year’s popular highlights including, six national titles, two calf All-Ireland competitions; junior and senior commercial entries, thirteen events in the jumping arena, an All-Ireland poultry competition, 100 sheep classes, €1,000 Connaught Dog Competition, €1,000 Pony Championship handler and The Queen of the Show contest.
This year many new competitions have been catalogued including a Best Butcher Goat competition set to make its debut.
‘There really is something for everyone. Our large number of classes caters for whatever interests people may have.’ Long-serving Chairman John O’ Hara told That’s Farming.
This year the Bonniconlon show and G.A.A. replay between Mayo and Roscommon have clashed on the same day but the show committee has allowed farming and sporting fanatics, to kill two birds with one stone.
A large twelve-square meter screen, visible to all on the showground has been set-up.
Mayo Food Focus is one of many highlights that is set to draw crowds in their numbers. Backed by Mayo Country Council and local chefs, this year the focus in the marquee will be on Irish and locally grown food.
Farm Safety Awareness
Raising awareness of farm safety is something significance that is continuing to circle.
This year’s show will see the Mayo-Sligo branch of the Irish Farmers Association ( IFA) host a series on six workshops and information sessions on diverse topics including Quads and Chainsaws.
Two Gardaí personnel will also be on hand to inform attendees of licencing requirements for trailers.
Attendance from the Civil Defence is also welcomed.
For the first time in the show’s history, a special competition tailored at primary schools is set to take centre stage.
In order to revive youth, domestic arts competitions will see the winners tote-up points, as they scoop success.
Competitors can compete in ten different competitions, in order to battle in out for the €200 Fergal Walsh Memorial cup.
Country Music fanatics will not be disappointed with this year’s entertainment line-up.
Leading household names including Michael English, Mick Flavin, Seamus Moore, Pamela Gilmartin and Pat’s Country Roadshow, alongside numerous other acts are set to thrill crowds.
Music will continue on into the early hours of the morning, as Jimmy Buckley is set to take to the stage for the Evening Show dance.
A sky-rocketing success
Speaking with That’s Farming, Chairman John O’ Hara said:
‘This is a community effort. It wouldn’t happen without their support. Fourteen people donate their farm-land annually, sponsor classes, officiates as stewards; helping out in any way that they can.
Our sponsors, exhibitors, committee which will comprise of over two-hundred stewards on the day, the SOLAS team, TÚS, Rural Social Scheme ( RSS) and Mayo County Council are to thank.’ John explained.
That’s Farming will return to the showgrounds this year and will be bringing you live coverage on our Facebook and Snapchat( @thatsfarming) channels.
Keep an eye out for Editor and team of Journalists on the day.
Admission is €10, with children gaining free entry if they are under the specified age criteria.
Free parking and shuttle bus services available.
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