Strokestown puts on wonderful show!

Last Sunday I went along to the 150th Strokestown Show in order to see what all the fuss was about. I have to admit, it was my first time at an agricultural show and I didn’t know quite what to expect.

  On the tree-lined walk up to Strokestown House the first thing we noticed was a lad operating one of those carousel swing rides. His cries of ‘keep your hands inside the swing!’ created images of a fun fair in Fr. Ted in my mind. As we ventured further into the grounds, those images quickly vanished.

  The dog show was very popular with the youngsters and the older participants who I call the ‘professionals’; the youngsters bravely kept their pets under control long enough to show them as the ‘professionals’ adjusted and readjusted hind legs. It all went off really well in spite of the wind and the efforts of some dogs to take out the competition!

  We moved onto the food and drinks tent, which was new this year. I have to say, I was extremely impressed with the set-up. Free tasters were on offer and I helped myself to a small glass of craft beer, which was brewed by West Mayo Brewery. It was exactly what you’d expect from a beer brewed in Mayo: strong, tasty but it left a bitter aftert…(Ed – Stop it now!)

  Following a quick ‘good luck on Sunday!’ to the beer lady, I took in Neven Maguire’s brilliant demonstration. He made it look so easy that I promised I’d cook dinner to show off what I’d soaked up – I didn’t specify what month, never mind what day!

  From the food and drinks fair I was ‘dragged’ over towards a truck where Eugene Murphy was chatting to Marietta Doran. They were about to announce the winners of ‘Bonny Baby’, ‘Best Dressed Gent’, ‘Best Dressed Lady’, etc.

  The ‘Best Dressed Gent’ was on older man who put all of us younger ‘gents’ to shame. I zipped up my hoodie to hide an earlier ice-cream spillage as he walked past. The ‘Best Dressed Lady’ was stunning, but unfortunately I couldn’t see her head behind the banner that adorned the stage.

  We finished off our day at the Strokestown Show with a visit to the poultry tent – via stops at beauty and sweet stalls along the way! – where I noticed quite a few dog owners had brought their pets. I was a little disturbed at first but the dogs were well behaved. I, on the other hand, was not, and pointing out a chicken that looked like my better half did not go down well!

  All in all, Strokestown put on a fantastic show this year and while it may have been my first visit, it certainly won’t be my last!