Tullow Show delivers on welcome return
The Tullow Show made a very welcome return to Coppenagh after the cancellation of the 2012 show due to bad weather, a decision which can't have been easy to make.
For the most part the weather over the past week was very kind to the show organisers and despite the occasional shower, the field was in very good condition.
Guests couldn't help being struck about how much of a huge social occasion Tullow Show is, not just for the local farming community but also for the 'townies' who very much enjoy the show. While the agricultural side of the show reigns supreme the show is a marvellous day out for all the family.
There were many attractions for children – the bouncy castles, chair-o-planes, trampolines, quad car racing, the airplane simulator, archery, the rodeo bull ride etc. as well as a very fine display of vintage cars and agricultural equipment. The Rolls Royce caught the eye, as did the un-named vintage car parked alongside.
There was a wonderful selection of sweet delights on offer in the cake tent. There was also a lovely aroma oozing from the Food Hall. In the Pets Tent there was an array of chickens, a golden pheasant, a pink dove, and strange looking duck, all of which delighted the children.
The dog show had a huge turnout, and that was only the four-legged participants!
Johnny Pender entered his 'Teddy' into the show and brought home a very credible third placing.
There was a huge range of commercial stands in attendance at the show. P.J. Haskins and his newly formed 'Veterinary Sales and Diary Supplies' took a stand for the first time. In fact you could buy anything from a tractor – incense, jewellery, outdoor clothing and even more chocolate, not forgetting a fill of heating oil from Walter Lacey and Vale Oil!
The cattle, sheep and horses were immaculately turned out. Showgoers took some time to watch the working hunter and show hunter horse classes and were given an exhibition of a lady riding side saddle in another arena. Sean O'Brien (he of Ireland rugby fame) was parking exhibitor's cars as guests came into the show grounds. Half an hour later he was on his way to judge cattle in the arena.
An hour later still he was directing cars out of the main car park – a man of many talents and not ashamed to put them to good use in his local community.
Congratulations to the hard working committee, stewards, sponsors, exhibitors, land-owners, various fire and ambulance services and everyone who contributed to the huge success that was Tullow Show 2013.