In spite of rain, Kilgarvan Show goes on

Stephen Fernane

O'Reilly's Field is the venue each year for what is arguably one of the county's best and broadest agricultural shows in terms of preparation and presentation.

Sunday marked yet another successful Kilgarvan Agricultural Show where in spite of some torrential downpours the crowds held steady as everyone was eager to ensure the show must go on.

Everything from horticulture and agriculture to live music and Children's Feis combine to make this show a firm favourite with people, while its appeal even extends beyond the county bounds as patrons come to enjoy quality cattle classes and large entries in fruit & vegetables, farm produce, cut flowers, pot plants and art & crafts - all adding to the show's atmosphere.

"It was an absolutely brilliant day and there was more people here then we expected. We were amazed given the weather," said Elizabeth Kelleher of the show's committee.

Much to the delight of the patrons all scheduled events evaded the worst of the weather and there was huge relief - and a sense of accomplishment - once the day drew to a close. Among some of the highlights was the 'best in show' classes and the many happy smiles that followed when rosettes and prizes are handed out. The food stalls went down a treat, as did live music by Seamus Healy.

"The committee are so committed and every member stayed in the field until 9pm on Sunday evening until everything cleared. The preparations have already started for next year's show! We're very grateful to all the people who came to the show and to our amazing sponsors. If we didn't have them we wouldn't be able to do it," said Elizabeth.