2016 - Our 26th Annual Show
And the rain came down…….. What a day it turned out to be weatherwise on Sunday, the 21st of August – the day of Claregalway's 26 th Annual Agricultural Show. The committee were in the show grounds at the crack of dawn and it was a lovely morning. After months of preparation and hard work Show Day had finally dawned. There were a few loose ends to be tidied up before the exhibitors would start to arrive and these things were attended to without delay. The loyal helpers didn't let us down and arrived early asking "how can I help?". Despite the rain the exhibitors too turned out to display their domestic arts and parade their prize animals around the rings. Without exhibitors there would be no show.
The Show Queen, Karen Fox from Carnmore, arrived looking resplendent in her sash & tiara. She wore a royal blue flower patterned dress with matching jacket. She soon changed her matching footwear and emerged wearing her designer wellies, befitting the wet ground. Not at all phased by the rain she continued to smile all day long. The committee is meticulous in its preparations for the show but unfortunately have no power over the weather.
Galway Bay FM were broadcasting from the show grounds, in association with Tom Dempsey Flooring Oranmore, and gave away lots of vouchers during the day.
Claregalway Show Committee were delighted that Fr. Ian O'Neill, Parish Priest, Councillor Jim Cuddy, Mr. David Devane ISA, to name but a few, took the time to come to the show as well as a large number of our sponsors. All support is very much appreciated. Huge credit is due to the spectators who turned up despite the weather.
Judges were impressed by the standard of animals in the pony, horse, cattle and sheep sections. The dog, pet and poultry shows were smaller than usual. High quality animals were led around the rings and put through their paces. It was the difficult role of the judges to select the winners.
In the indoor arena there was a fantastic display of crafts in the Craft Section. The judge said all goods on display were saleable and all could be winners. She commented on the attention to detail and was impressed overall by the organisation and how well the show is run. There was a smaller entry in the flowers and farm produce with an increase in the eggs and jam section. There were some new classes in the home baking section and it was good to see entries in all those.
The Judge in the Bonny Baby Section had the arduous task of selecting the Bonniest Baby, the Best Dressed Lady and the Glamorous Granny. All looked fantastic.
The Viewing Gallery in Duffys Equestrian Centre was once again transformed into a Restaurant for the day. Meals were provided by the catering committee to Judges, Stewards, Committee, Helpers, Guests and Sponsors throughout the afternoon. Many compliments were paid to the committee throughout the day for the hospitality and especially the home-made brown bread.
Show Chairperson, Val Noone, was delighted with the turnout of exhibits. Val is always calm and composed despite the huge task he has as chairperson. When asked during the day if he was under pressure he quickly quipped back "pressure is for tyres". Vice chairperson Kieran Quinn is equally unruffled and just gets on with the task in hand. Val thanked the sponsors, committee, helpers and stewards for their support in running the show. He gave special mention to all those who worked on the days before and after the show. His final comment was "sincere thanks to everyone involved in running the show and see you all again next year".
The Claregalway Agricultural Show Queen 2016 is Karen Fox from Carnmore. She was crowned in the Arches Hotel on Saturday night August 6th.
For further information visit our website: www.claregalwayagriculturalshow.ie
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Show Secretary Carmel at 087 9180723 for general enquiries.
For information on entries please ring Entries Secretary Bernie at 091 798931
Thank you for your support at the Race Night
A big THANK YOU to all who supported Claregalway Show's Race Night on Sunday June 5th 2016. The Arches Hotel was indeed a great venue and provided us with delicious finger food thank you so much! The auction race was the highlight of the night - the deafening roars of the crowd could be confused with Plate Day at The Galway Races.
Congratulations to the Go Badly syndicate who won the weekend away in the fabulous Hotel Westport.
Runners up received hampers and various other prizes.