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Thursday 18 January 2018

Sun shines bright for this year's show

THE SLIGO County Agricultural Show was blessed with warm sunshine on Saturday last which helped draw a large crowd to Riverstown Community Park.

Show Chairman Michael Harte said: "We are so pleased that once again all our hard work has paid off."

A big attraction were the many animals including Simmental, pedigree Charolais and Aberdeen Angus cattle, horses, ponies, poultry, sheep as well as rabbits on display by John and Lucy of Farm Yard in the School Yard.

The Community Arts tent included displays from Taylor's Art Gallery & Music Centre, Lyott Card Designs and Kathy Burke Photography.

Visitors also had the opportunity to watch and chat to Matt Jones Woodturner at work as well as Oonagh McCann of CeltoiCroi.

Both artists demonstrated their skills with wood much to the admiration of the crowd.

The National Macra na Feirme Semi-Final Farm Skills Competition was held for the Northern and Western Region.

Teams demonstrated various skills required in modern farming as well as helping to enhance an awareness of farm safety.

It was Sligo and Galway who were jubilant on the day having qualified for the National Agricultural Show.

Children were entertained throughout the day with Storytelling Sessions by Imelda RyanJones.

The Community Arts tent also included art work on the theme of helping to encourage zero litter on the county's rural roads, a new initiative by the Show this year.

The Home Industries Tent was full of a fabulous display of entries, with lots of well deserved winners from the various competitions including home baking, vegetables, jam making and flower displays, art, photography and models made from recycled material.

There were happy winners in the bonny baby, glamorous granny, best dressed lady and Little Mr Riverstown as well as Little Miss Riverstown winner, Abby Clancy, who was thrilled with a lovely selection of Little Miss goodies sponsored by Riverstown Pharmacy.

ater that evening the show's committee, volunteers and friends were treated to a night out in Sean Mac's in Riverstown village where they enjoyed music, food and plenty of craic.

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