154th Agricultural Show takes place on Saturday
Final preparations are being made for the return (after the Covid-19 ‘break’) of the famous Strokestown Agricultural Show. The 154th running of the family-friendly event will take place this Saturday, 10th of September in the grounds of Strokestown Park House.
There will be a wide range of animal classes including the All-Ireland Beef Bullock Final, which is sponsored by the Sweeney family and boasts €6,000 in prize money. The €2,000 Greenvale Animal Feeds All-Ireland Beef Heifer Final and the €2,000 Sweeney family Breeding Heifer class are also among the highlights.
At the recent show launch, committee chairperson John O’Beirne highlighted the breeders’ associations involved in the show, and in particular the €12,000 Angus finals. The Irish Simmental All-Ireland finals, and the Irish Shorthorn Premium Beef Bull Championship (sponsored by the Shorthorn Marketing Company) will also be popular attractions on the day. There are an abundance of cattle classes.
The show will also feature a Horse Show with 17 classes, highlight of which will be the Strokestown Park Irish Draught Broodmore All-Ireland Championship with Foal at Foot with a first prize of €5,000. There are also 20 Pony classes, a Dog Show, sheep section and much more besides.
Saturday’s show will also feature the welcome return of the hugely successful food fair ‘Flavours from the Heart of Ireland’.
Among the headliners this year is celebrity chef Shane Smith of TV3 and RTÉ fame. Daniel Willmont of Kilronan Castle and Ciaran Moran and Adrian Gill will also be showcasing their skills and there will be a number of food stands from all across Ireland present.
There will be marquees for farm and garden produce, flowers, turf, adult and junior cookery, honey, eggs, jam, adult and junior handcrafts, amateur photography and adult and junior art.
Also present this year will be the Mid-Roscommon Vintage Club, who will exhibit cars and machinery. Their highlight will be a threshing machine which will be threshing corn throughout the day.
This year’s Strokestown Show will also have amusements for children as well as live music.
Entry is just €10 again this year. Children will be admitted free on the day.
The show grounds will open at 8 am on Saturday, September 10th and all exhibits must be in by 10 am before judging commences at 10.30 am. Further details about this year’s event are available on 086-4066616 or 086-1079495 (Secretary).