The perfect day for Louth Show
Published 18/06/2014 | 05:20
'A HIDDEN gem undiscovered for years, nothing like it in Leinster for a show'. That was a comment from one exhibitor as he savoured the delights of the surroundings of Bellurgan Park which hosted the 125th County Louth Agricultural Show last Sunday.
The weather could not have been nicer as the sun rays beamed down on the huge attendance. Visitors flocked through the gates to view the many classes and attractions.
Chairperson of the Dundalk Show Society Ltd Carmel Mee said: 'This was an absolutely fabulous day as the show had something to suit everyone'. Poultry entries exceeded expectations with exhibitors coming from all over Ireland and the number of entries beating those recorded at some of Ireland's biggest shows last year.
Cattle numbers were similar to last year and sheep and horse numbers were well up. Trade stands were also large in numbers. Major attractions included sheaf tossing, tug-o-war, sheep shearing, sheep dog trials, sheep and pig racing, Alpha Dogs Ireland, dog agility demonstrations, Ukrainian Cossack and Oriel Hunt delighted those in attendance.
There were plenty of events to amuse children and the petting farm proved to be a big hit. Best dressed and Bonny Baby competitions proved popular and there was also a special emphasis on Father's Day with wheel barrow and running races providing a fun element to the day. Live music, singing, Irish dancing and Dynamic Dancing also added to the enjoyment.
'No show can survive without the sponsors, exhibitors and judges who make up a huge part of it and also the patrons who give their support on a yearly basis', said Carmel Mee.
'Dundalk Show Society Ltd would like to thank everyone who were present on the day. It was a massive voluntary effort from those involved in running the Show and also stewards who help out on the day. A real community spirit ensured that the 2014 County Louth Agricultural Show was a major success. Can it be topped in 2015? They will endeavour to do their best to match it, if not better it', concluded the chairperson.