Monday 23 October 2017

Embarrassment of riches set for Ireland's biggest 2-day show

Charlevile has everything from chainsaw sculpting to manic ponies

Gordon Kingston, ABS, presenting a sponsorship cheque to Tim Broderick of Charleville Show with Willie Mulcahy (Show).
Gordon Kingston, ABS, presenting a sponsorship cheque to Tim Broderick of Charleville Show with Willie Mulcahy (Show).

Mike McGrath

DETAILS of Charleville's 34th annual show, which is on over the last weekend in June, were announced at a press reception at Charleville Golf Club on last Friday morning.

The event, which is the biggest two day show in Ireland, is set to attract record attendances on both days and organisers have no shortage of attractions to visit.

Among an eye-watering array of events, the show will also host the All-Ireland semi-final of the Macra na Feirme FBD Farm Skills competition on Sunday, June 30. Meanwhile, the students from second level schools in the area will display the projects that they entered in the Junior Dragons Den recently, for which they were granted bursaries from the dragons.

Twenty farmers from New Zealand will get a sample of Irish hospitality when they visit Charleville Show, in the show committee's nod to the Gathering event this year.

Timber sports proved to be such an interesting attraction last year that it is back again and people may look forward to another spectacular display of chain saw carving.

The vintage section promised to be bigger and better than ever and another enormous display of cars, commercial vehicles, tractors, steam engines, stationery engines, motor cycles and many more, plus all the associated stands will be on view for the growing number of enthusiasts that this display attracts each year.

All the above are in addition to the dairy, beef, sheep, horses and ponies, dog show, show jumping, old time crafts, adult arts, crafts and needle work, baking competitions for schools and adults, preserve making, the baby show, the most appropriately dressed couple, decorative and horticulture sections, pets corner and the children's section.

Horses have been in the news in past months for all the wrong reasons but at Charleville Show their presence will be only be for the good of the industry, for a variety of horse and pony classes are scheduled this year with pony showing on Saturday and horses on Sunday.

Both in-hand and ridden classes in all sizes and grades of rider will be catered for, so naughty ponies, graceful hunters, mischievous foals and proud owners will add colour and drama to the entertainment.

A huge draw is the pony games on Sunday afternoon where speed, accuracy, and the co-ordination of pony and rider will be tested in various relay games.

Charleville Show continues to attract Ireland's top show jump national and international riders and they will be in action on Sunday in the Grand Prix League, which carries a prize fund of €4,600.

All in all, patrons can once again expect to be entertained royally over the last weekend in June at what is building up to be yet another spectacular event in the North Cork town.

* Further details of Charleville Show events will be featured in The Corkman in the lead-up to the show; watch this space.