Limerick Show goes green for 2012 in the Racecourse

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

THE ORGANISERS of a number of shows in the country cancelled this year due to the weather are green with envy at the Racecourse’s facilities.

THE ORGANISERS of a number of shows in the country cancelled this year due to the weather are green with envy at the Racecourse’s facilities.

There is no chance of Limerick show - on Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26 - being cancelled and at this year’s event they are going green.

Chairman of Limerick Show, Leo Walsh said at the launch last week: “We are lucky with the hard court and facilities in the Racecourse for trade stands.” They have also seen an increase in the number of trade stands this year and sponsorship is holding up well despite the recession.

With crowds of over 20,000 there is bound to be a lot of litter left over, so also at the launch the show society announced their green plans for this year.

“All waste created is segregated and recycled; food waste is composted; less energy is used by exhibitors and water consumption during the show days is reduced.

“We are encouraging sustainable transport to and from the show by providing a bus from Limerick city centre to the Racecourse,” say the show society.

There will also be a green area where staff from Limerick County Council and the regional waste management office will be on hand for people to learn more about sustainable living, the stop food waste campaign and demonstrations by composters.

The Limerick Show is part of a growing movement of events and festivals that are endeavouring to protect the environment as well as promoting fun and entertaining events. And there will be plenty of fun and entertainment.

The varied and entertaining programme ranges from the best of cattle, horses, sheep, show jumping, crafts and horticulture, poultry, sheep and goats, machinery - old and new, outdoor and indoor trade stands, exhibitions, children’s and adult’s entertainment. Continuing the green theme children can make green masks with Aileen and Claire in the craft corner.

“We are looking forward to the Limerick Show where we will be providing mask making workshops. Children aged 6 + will be given a blank mask and can create their own masterpiece using paint, glitter, paper, and lots of other fun materials,” they say.

The best mask, judged by an outside judge, will win a craft party to the value of €100 from Aileen and Claire.