The barometer continues to rise for Dualla Show which goes from strength to strength.
The first Sunday in September is a definite pencilled in date judging by the numbers who turned up in the picturesque parkland of Ballyowen House on Sunday for the fourth renewal of the event. Two years ago this scribe recorded how upwards of five thousand people attended that year’s show, informed sources put this year’s figure at almost three times that amount. The tractor pulling was once again one of the main attractions, drawing patrons from far and near. The show jumping was hugely successful with the arena coming in for special praise from competitors and spectators alike, a first this year was the addition Munster Grand Prix which brought well known names to the venue. Man’s best friend seemed to be everywhere with most taking part in the dog show.
Judge John Smullen, had his work cut out deciding on ‘Best in Show’. David Pearson’s year old Belgian Blue was judged Best in Show in the keenly contested livestock section. The hugh black steam engine bellowing out steam and smoke was a sight to behold, as it was parked near the end of the tractor pulling run it gave a surreal ‘Back to the Future’ look when old and modern came close together.
The DareDevil Stunt Show from England proved to be hugely popular, the young man on the motor bike definitely earned his crust with his array of stunts, he even managing to jump over the baled truck in the centre of the arena for a finale. The thousands of children were well looked after with bouncy castles, merry go rounds, bucking bronco, all sorts of eats and drinks to keep the hunger pangs at bay. The Punch and Judy Show was a revelation, who would have thought that in this day when even the youngest are up to speed on all sorts of pods, pads, phones and devices that two animated cloth figures could give such enjoyment, the look on the faces of the children seeing it for the first time summed it up, magic! Hats off to all involved for another memorable day in Dualla.