Monday 23 October 2017

Banteer Show and Fun Day a roaring success

John Tarrant

HUNDREDS descended on Banteer for Sunday's Horticultural Show and Family Fun Day.

Thankfully, the inclement weather of the previous 24 hours relented to allow for balmy conditions as the diverse events and side show attractions went ahead in the community centre and school grounds. As always, the show attracted a large crowd and was well supported by the local community and beyond.

All 69 show classes in the 24th staging were well represented and the show committee applauded the exhibitors, particularly children from various local schools for their beautiful artwork.

In a time when traditional crafts are in danger of becoming a thing of the past, it was refreshing to see the array of exhibits on display in the community centre.

The popular dog show, organised, as in previous years, in conjunction with Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, attracted large entries and raised a considerable amount of money for this worthy cause.

Horticultural enthusiasts were well catered for, from potatoes to carrots and rhubarb to potted plants, roses, confectionary to arts and crafts satisfying the interests of exhibitors expected from all over the South West region.

Elsewhere, classes for baking, needlework, photography, arts and crafts aroused interest.

Sponsors added to the success of the staging to ensure Banteer Show and Family Fun Day was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the children who attended. In the school grounds, the children enjoyed a disco, bouncy castle, slide, obstacle course, face painting, pony rides, balloon modelling, the 30 ft high Spider Climber, pedal cars, pony rides, karting. penalty kicks to tug-o-war.

Proceedings opened with a 5km run co-ordinated by Duhallow AC and sponsored by Tarrant Skoda dealers with a number of familiar faces amongst the prizewinners.