Claregalway Agricultural Show Celebrates Silver Jubilee
It was a great relief to the show committee when the yellow weather alert forecast for Connaught on Sunday August 23rd never materialised. Show Day started out with light rain. This continued until around 1 p.m. when the sun emerged from behind the clouds and brightened up the day. It was 'all systems go' as the spectators began to arrive. There was a great turnout in all the classes despite the inclement weather.
Galway Bay FM broadcast live from the show grounds and had the crowd's attention with the many vouchers to be won.
The Show Queen arrived adorned in her sash and tiara and was on hand all day to present the prizes. She selected the dog she would like to take home with her in the Dog Show and was available to meet the exhibitors and spectators during the day. Lots of photographs were taken.
Mr. Jim Harrison, President of The Irish Shows Association, was in attendance together with Mr. Michael Hughes National Secretary ISA, Paddy Joe Foy and David Devane ISA Board Members. The committee were delighted to also welcome Parish Priest Fr. Ian O'Neill, Mr. Noel Grealish TD, Councillors Malachy Noone & Jim Cuddy. The committee are very grateful to all of them for taking the time out of their very busy schedules to attend.
There was lots to see and enjoy at the show. The Camera Obscura Dome was seldom empty. Children enjoyed getting their faces painted and entering the various competitions. There was great interest in the Best Dressed Lady competition and the style was spectacular. The Bonny Baby competition was full of 'bonny babies' and the judge's task selecting a winner was difficult.
The Novelty Scarecrow Competition got great attention. From Marilyn Monroe to Mrs. Brown - the competition was fierce! Not to be outdone Enda Kenny took part as did Dolly Parton all the way from Nashville. The Queen of Claregalway and the Galway Hurler appeared to be eyeing each up all day. It brought a fun element to the show.
The children, and indeed adults, enjoyed looking at the falabella ponies, the miniature goats and the pigs who enjoyed rooting up the ground as only pigs do!
The Donkey Derby polished off the day. After a false start it had to be rerun and a young lady rider pipped the lads to the post both times.
Chairman, Val Noone, was delighted with the turnout and thanked sponsors, exhibitors, spectators, committee, helpers and guests for making the Silver Jubilee of the Show a day to remember.
For further information visit our website: www.claregalwayagriculturalshow.ie
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, ring the Show Secretary Carmel at 087 9180723 for general enquiries. For information on entries please ring Entries Secretary Bernie at 091 798931.
Galway Rose 2015
Michelle Quinn is representing the Claregalway Agricultural Show in the Galway Rose competition.
The selection is taking place on Saturday 18th April 2015 at 7.30pm in the Clayton Hotel and the rose will be announced that night. We wish Michelle every success and know she will do us proud.