Heavy rainfall in the early hours of Sunday morning looked like putting a damper on the show, but blue skies emerged and even though the occasional shower came down, the day turned out very well. Big crowds adorned the show grounds and entries were up in the Pony and Horse Section. Owners from near and far paraded their fine animals around the pony and horse rings and the judges had the unenviable task of selection the winners. The cattle classes remained the same as last year and again entries in the Sheep Section were greater than last year. The Donkey Derby was as popular as ever and attracted a large crowd of spectators.
However, the Dog Show stole the day with over 330 entries again this year. For the second year, the obstacle course brought great excitement to the dog ring. The jumps and see-saw looked spectacular and the dogs sped around the course with great gusto. Michael D. Higgins was guest of honour at the dog show and gave a very interesting talk to the huge crowd around the dog ring. Such was the interest and entries in the dog show that it continued until 7pm long after everyone else had gone home.
The threshing machine attracted the attention of the young and not so young. The Show Queen, Ms. Fidelma Roche, Knockdoemore, Claregalway, presided over the presentation of prizes during the day. The indoor exhibits of arts and crafts were of the usual high standard with great interest in the Decoupage on display. The Bonniest Babies of the show were selected, together with the Junior Miss and Mister. There was a competition for the Best Dressed Lady and Glamorous Granny.
Chairman, Paul Fleming, would like to thank everybody who assisted in any way with the organisation and running of the show, and special thanks to all who turned up on the Saturday and Monday to help out. Thank you, also, to all exhibitors and sponsors. All committee members were delighted with the turn-out.
Carmel Casserly, Secretary