Between 8,000 and 10,000 people are expected to descend on the Old Showgrounds in Nenagh this bank holiday Monday for the 134th annual North Tipperary Agricultural Show.
“Crowds have been increasing every year since we switched the show to the August Bank Holiday,” said show chairman Tom Moylan at the launch in the Dapp Inn, nenagh, last Friday.
He said that the show kept a traditional format in the morning, with cattle and sheep judging, with the more family-orientated activities being kept until the afternoon.
Among the core attractions at the show’s arena on the Borrisokane road are cattle, sheep, poultry, horse, pony showing classes and showjumping. There are competitions for the best floral displays, photography, art, baking, cooking, needlework, fruit and vegetable produce.
Among the attractions in the horse section will be qualifiers for the Limerick Lady Championships at Limerick Show, the three-year-old filly All-Ireland Championship, the Irish Draught Colt Foal Championship and the All-Ireland Breeders’ Championship, which has a first prize of E1,000.
The show will also have a new cup this year, with Francis and Anna Bourke from Templemore presenting a perpetual cup for best British friesian bull calf.
The show will also feature displays from the McClune and O’Meara Dance Irish dancing schools, modern dancing schools, taekwando and martial arts clubs.
There will be two opportunities to watch a cossack rider display with Sergiy Khimich’s cossack trick riding display of incredible horsemanship. Sergiy will give two half-hour displays of spectacular leaps and jaw-dropping saddle stunts on horse back.
The Animal Magic roadshow is sure to attract interest with its display of birds of prey, mini-zoo, little animals, chickens, dogs, giant rabbits, hares, and rabbits and hedgehogs suitable to pet.
A children’s corner will have bouncy castles and cart machines and there will be a children’s hour in the main arena with sack races, egg and spoon races and welly throwing competitions!
Among the events will be Dog Agility/Obedience and Dog Show, Fancy Dress Competition for the Kids, bucking bronco, face painting and stilt walkers, vintage machinery, best dressed lady, child and man, boxing exhibition from Nenagh Boxing Club, paint balling, arts and crafts, poultry and fancy dress pony competition.
The show will be filmed by UTV who are making a documentary about the show’s prestigious Hereford judge David Wilson at noon in the cattle ring.
The show attracted over 50 exhibitors last year and is hoping to have the same number this year selling an arrray of goods and displaying local crafts, farmers markets, equine gear and all sorts of goods.