OVER 30,000 people from all over Munster made their way over the weekend to the jam packed Charleville Show.
The sun beat down and kept the punters in chirpy form and little nippers busied themselves with cooling ice creams, while others saddled up and showcased their pony and horse skills. Over the two days, 770 ponies and horses were groomed to within an inch of their lives as they showed what they were made of.
There was plenty to keep the crowds busy over the two day event, as there was a deluge of business stalls with everything from motors to machinery to tweak the interest of the rural community, while there was all manner of goods on sale, from hens to life assurance.
And, of course, there were plenty winners, too. In the arts and crafts section, under the category of hand knitted garment, Ruth Getting of Mallow and Teresa Cagney of Charleville won first place, while Teresa Carney of Kildorrery scooped second price. For the larger wool garment piece, Mary Hooper O'Leary of Buttevant bagged first place.
The men also got in on the arts and crafts action with a number who entered under all categories. For the embroidery, Daniel Noonan came third in that section.
In the baking section, David Keane won second place and Mureia Cronin of Mallow put together the best scarecrow.
There was even a best kidney shaped potato competition in which Bob Cooke won first place, and not to be outdone, there was also the best round shaped potato, where Mary Fitzgibbon of Charleville wowed the judges.
Horticulturists lovers were treated to a host of roses, lilies, pansies, sweet William's along with potted plants.
* See page 30 also for more coverage of the show