All roads are leading to Castlerea ahead of the Castlerea Agricultural, Trade and Craft Show, taking place on the grounds of Castlerea Livestock Mart on Bank Holiday Monday, August 1st.
The show will feature a wide range of cattle, sheep, horses, ponies, donkeys, dogs, goats and pet corners, showing classes as well as home produce, art, crafts, fruit, vegetable and floral competitions. Prize money for all classes will be paid on the day.
Castlerea Show grows in scale year-on-year and this year is set to be no different. There will be vintage car and tractor exhibits as well as an on-site petting Zoo.
Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the Castlerea Brass & Reed Band, Trevor Moyles, and Danny Arnold, and Sandra Ganley of Jiving Juniors will be in attendance to crown the Show Jiving Champion of 2022.
Show chairperson Susan Igoe commented on the upcoming show, saying: “Our show is a fun, family day out for the local community – and this year promises to be our best ever.
“Shows of this scale wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic support of our local business sponsors, stewards, committee members and volunteers, to whom we are so grateful. We would like to thank Castlerea Co-Operative Livestock Mart, our main sponsor for 2022. The management committee has facilitated the show by providing the grounds and office facilities as the show venue for the show year-on-year. The availability of this invaluable resource has ensured the successful running of our event since 1995.
“Our committee endeavour to put on the best show we can and we have worked hard to get the show back on the road. So whether you’re a seasoned exhibitor, new to showing, or indeed a potential spectator, everyone is welcome at Castlerea Agricultural Show”.
In the cattle section, we have the unhaltered cattle classes in the mart confined to the postal district, which are always hotly contested. Out in the show field, we have the ‘baby beef championship bullock or heifer with no permanent teeth’, kindly sponsored by Castlerea Mart, and the ‘heifer suitable to make suckler cow’, kindly sponsored by Castlerea Veterinary Clinic, each with a prize fund of €500. The ‘bonny baby’ heifer and bull calf classes have been kindly sponsored by Harmac Medical and Luke Ming Flanagan MEP.
In the pedigree ring we have all of the usual classes along with the interbreed September class, which has a prize fund of €500, kindly sponsored by Homeland Castlerea.
In the sheep section, which is kindly sponsored by Cahill’s SuperValu, we have all our usual classes back along with our young handler classes and best pet lamb in fancy dress, which has always attracted great support from local exhibitors.
Across the show grounds, the horse, pony, goat, donkeys, and pets corner rings will feature pedigree and non-pedigree showing options with qualifiers for championships, rosettes, trophies and prize money all up for grabs.
A great array of classes
There are opportunities for junior and senior competitors across the home produce, crafts, photography and art classes. For gardeners, the fruit, vegetable and floral classes are likely to be of interest.
The overall fruit and veg champion will receive the Noel Mannion Perpetual Cup in memory of Noel, who was a long-serving committee member down through the years.
For the fashion conscious, there are best dressed and ‘bonny baby’ (human!) competitions.