The grey clouds of the bank holiday weekend lifted this Monday to bring plenty of sunshine to this year’s North Tipperary Agricultural Show in Nenagh.
Following the heavy rains of Friday and Saturday, many were praying that the same fate wouldn’t befall the 139th show as happened a couple of years ago when it had to be cancelled due to a waterlogged ground.
However, the sun brought thousands of people to the Borrisokane road venue for the annual display of crafts, cattle showing and showjumping, with the added attraction of some of the county’s best trade stands.
While queues formed as people tested their skills against the Bucking Bronco, little Emma Linklater-McLennan, Nenagh, was picking up her first rosettes on her pony Micky.
There was a good number of entries in the cattle and show classes, and this year’s good weather guaranteed a bumper crop of fruit and veg in the horticultural section.
Peter Ward of Country Choice on Tour was doing a roaring trade in Hereford burgers on ciabata bread. Gone is the stodgy burger bun, an indication of how travelled and varied our culinary tastes have come. Another pointer to changing tastes was Eliza Rodrigo’s spices stall. Patrick’s Cleary tantalized taste buds with his chocolate fountain stall, while other stalls sold juices and smoothies and to help you cool down, Lavito’s had soft scoop ice-cream.
Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan always takes a stall and he said he noticed fewer complaints this year at his stand, with many people, especially the rural community, looking forward to the future with a “cautious confidence”.
The long time show supporter said the “brilliant weather” had helped lift everybody’s spirits, and there was a “good feeling” right around the showgrounds.
“It’s a marvellous day out,” said the Fine Gael Deputy.