All four country roads lead to Glenamaddy District Ploughing & Agricultural Show 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Fun for all the family

* Ploughing ‘queen’ Anna May to attend

 

 

There will be a host of new attractions at the much-anticipated Glenamaddy District Ploughing & Agricultural Show 2019. The show, which returns on Sunday, 29th September, has grown into one of the biggest and best social and farming events in the west of Ireland, attracting thousands of visitors, competitors and exhibitors. As usual, all of this will take place in the impressive setting of the 40,000 square foot arena at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre and surrounding farmland.

  Now in its 6th year, the Show has grown considerably, adding many attractions to the main ploughing competition and cattle show, which is the largest indoor commercial cattle show in Ireland, along with a very highly regarded pedigree competition and dairy section added this year.

  The event’s main sponsor is The Comer Group, led by Glenamaddy brothers Luke and Brian Comer. Their generous support along with sponsorship from a large number of local, regional and large-scale businesses have set the show on a firm footing for success. Crowds of over 6,000 have attended in recent years, and even larger crowds are expected this year as the Show adds even more attractions for all the family.

  Ireland’s ploughing queen, Anna May McHugh, founder of the National Ploughing Championships, will attend this year’s event in Glenamaddy – the first official National Ploughing Association competition of the 2020 calendar. Anna May will be keeping a close eye on the hotly-contested tractor and horse ploughing classes.

  The music marquee and lively bar has always been one of the most popular parts of the Show, and this year, live country band Jason Travers and Jenna Sloane will get the place swinging for a Barn dance, with line dancing workshops and best dressed line dancers’ competition. Even the youngest barn-dancers can enter the bunny hop dance contest. The hugely talented young members of local Comhaltas group, Craobh Tom Morrison, and Irish and Sean nós dancers will also entertain the crowd on the day. 

  This year’s event will, for the first time, feature the Ward & Burke sponsored Young Entrepreneur competition, for secondary school students with a flair for invention, innovation and business. A number of local secondary schools are entering teams, who are busily preparing their projects for judging on the day by some leading local names in business and third-level educators. 

  Other attractions at the Show include a wonderful Horse and Carriage display and competition, Donkey and Horse Ploughing, a very impressive multi-class Dog Show, Sheep dog trials, an extensive Kids’ Zone, outdoor machinery and other trade stands, cookery and flower arranging demonstrations, top class catering, Arts, Crafts, Local Produce, Vintage Displays, a full bar, a monster raffle with excellent prizes, and much more besides.

  Kids will be well catered for with a fascinating birds of prey display, deer and goat display, a brilliant Punch & Judy puppet show, bouncy castles and a host of other activities, including Macra na Feirme’s fun farming competitions for young and old, including traditional favourites like welly throwing, a potato picking race and bale-pushing. 

  All four country roads lead to Glenamaddy on Sunday, 29th of September for what promises to be an excellent show for all the family. Gates open at 10.30 am, closing at 6.30 pm. Tickets on the gate €10; U-12s are free.