The Strokestown Agricultural & Industrial Show is celebrating 150 years this year. The 2016 version of the show which began all the way back in 1867 will take place on this Saturday and Sunday, 10th and 11th of September in the grounds of Strokestown Park House.
This year’s show promises to be bigger and better than ever with a spectacular Cattle Show, All-Ireland championships for commercial cattle, a new dairy cow class and an extensive Sheep Section on Saturday.
On Sunday, there will be a variety of prizes on offer in the Horse and Pony Show, an interesting Poultry Section, a Dog Show in two rings as well as competitions for Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gent, Glamorous Granny, Little Miss, Little Mister and Bonny Baby.
There will also be a Food and Drinks Fair, which will run right through the weekend, featuring award-winning chefs Neven Maguire, Gary O’Hanlon, Vincent Meldrum, Kenny Sheridan and Neil Reid. Over 50 wonderful artisan food and drink producers will provide cookery demonstrations and food tastings on both days of the show.
A commemorative book detailing the 150-year history of the Strokestown Show will also be launched over the weekend. The book has been compiled by show stalwarts, John O’Beirne, Padraig Holmes, Michael Carlos, Mary Caldwell and Mary Owens.
This promises to be a truly wonderful and historic weekend with something of interest for everyone. The showgrounds will be open from 8 am on Saturday (10th) with exhibits to be in place no later than 10 am as judging commences at 11 am sharp. Admission to the show is €10.