Sunday 18th of August 2002—Claregalway Show Day had finally arrived. Everything was organised down to the smallest detail and the committee waited in trepidation for the day to dawn. The forecast looked promising and indeed they were not disappointed. The day dawned in glorious sunshine. The pony and horse exhibits were of the usual high standard with entries from all over the country as well as a good local turnout. The cattle and sheep were re-introduced this year and the dog show provided great entertainment as usual. Duffy’s equestrian Centre once again provided an excellent venue with ample parking space in nearby Peter Tonery’s field. The show was officially opened by local Deputy Councillor Noel Grealish.
The Show Queen was Sheena Tierney from Cregboy, Claregalway, who looked radiant, adorned with her sash and tiara. Sheena presided over the presentation of prizes throughout the day. There was great competition in the indoor section with lots of local talent including Bernadette Long, Patsy Walshe, Mary Lyons, Gerry Mooney, Jennifer Donaghy. The committee was delighted with the high entry in the Junior Section. Local winners included the Lenihan Family, Emer McManus, Helen Moran, Alice Shaughnessy, The Reidy Family, Martin McManus, David Morris, Kevin Killilea, Gary Rohan and David Madden.
Other attractions on the day were Glamourous Granny, Bonny Baby and Best Dressed Lady which was won by Mary Grealish from Carnmore.
As usual the Donkey Derby attracted a huge crowd of spectators and amid great excitement Sean Fahy from Lydican passed the winning post first. Chairman Val Noone would like to thank everybody who assisted in any way with the organisation and running of the show, and special thanks to everyone who turned up on Saturday and Monday to help out. He would also like to thank the Exhibitors and the shows’ many sponsors without whose support there would be no show. The committee was pleased with the overall turnout and the beautiful fine day.