Bank Holiday Monday, August, 6th, 2018 will mark the celebration of the 69th Bonniconlon Agricultural Show and Gymkhana in Co. Mayo.
Famed as one of the largest agricultural shows in the country, up to 20,000 people flock through the gates of the North-Mayo-based showgrounds annually.
Sitting on a total of 200-acres, this year’s show includes over 600 showing classes and over 200 trade stands, with a prize-fund in excess of €60,000, respectively.
Crowds from the west and further afield with varied interests are set to enjoy a phenomenal day out with horses; gymkhana; livestock; crafts; horticulture; food; heritage; vintage and entertainment from some of Ireland’s leading country stars.
As part of this year’s format, cattle and sheep showing classes have moved to a new and improved location, with numerous championships set to take centre stage.
Some of Ireland’s top suckler cow and calf pairings are set to come under the spotlight as part of the show’s new All-Ireland Suckler Cow and Calf Championship hosted in conjunction with Irish Charolais Cattle Society. This will be judged as a loose-penning competition, with a prize fund of €3,500 and fifteen places up for grabs - €600 for the first-prize winner, with €100 available for the suckler outfit that claims the final ribbons.
Two All-Ireland calf championships are also set to attract crowds, with big numbers set to battle it out in order to take home the prestigious ribbons and prize-money.
Other major attractions on the day include an All-Ireland Domestic Arts Championship 2018; the All-Ireland Home Cook Champion; sheepdog trials; goat classes and Irish Draught mare final. The 2018 show will also witness the return of the Mayo Enterprise Board’s marquee which will showcase a range of innovative products from food companies.
The Rose of Bonniconlon will also be crowned on the day, with a contest for the most appropriately dressed lady and gent on the field and a bonny baby competition.
On August Bank Holiday, the entertainment line-up includes Pat’s Country Roadshow; Pamela Gilmartin; Patrick Feeney and his band; followed by John McNicol and his band with guest, Caroline J. Harte.
On Friday, August, 10th, new country star, Matthew O’Donnell and his band will entertain crowds at Grove Hall. Admission to official show dance can be gained for €15, with proceeds to go to the Oncology Unit at Mayo University Hospital.
Speaking to That’s Farming, Gerry Durcan, Secretary of Bonniconlon Show Agricultural and Gymkhana Show outlined that the continued success of the show is due to the ongoing and tireless efforts of all those who have conveyed their support down through the decades.
“We want to thank exhibitors; competitors; attendees; stewards; landowners; the committee Gardaí; judges, the Civil Defence; I.C.A; Rally Marshalls; the G.A.A.; Tidy Towns; Mayo County Council; Foroige and everyone else who show their support.”
Free parking on the day and adults can gain admission for €13 or two adults can gain entry for €25, while national school children (aged under 13) go free. Attendees are asked to follow all instructions issued by stewards and safety officers as safety is of paramount importance.
Check out this year’s full programme of events here.
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Image Source: Bonniconlon Agricultural Show Facebook.