It’s showtime in Charleville this weekend!

Aine Fitzgerald


Aine Fitzgerald

Committee members and sponsors gathered at Charleville Golf Club, ahead of the Charleville Agricultural Show     [Picture: Dave Gaynor]
THE ROAD to Charleville will be well worn by Sunday afternoon as thousands of people are expected to make the trip to the town for this year’s annual Charleville Show.

THE ROAD to Charleville will be well worn by Sunday afternoon as thousands of people are expected to make the trip to the town for this year’s annual Charleville Show.

The event which is now the largest two-day show in the country, features numerous attractions varying from the judging of cattle, horses, sheep, and dogs, to arts and crafts, cookery demonstrations and numerous children’s competitions.

“The committee have been working since last October to ensure that everything is well organised for this year’s show, and an exciting programme has been put in place which will be of interest to both young and old,” explained Billy Biggane, PRO of Charleville Show.

This year, following on from the fodder crisis, an informative marquee is being provided for the public.

Advisors from Teagasc, the Irish Farmers Journal, Bank Of Ireland, AIB, Ulster Bank, IFA, ICMSA, Southern Farm Supplies, nutritionists from Keenan’s along with Sean Kelly MEP will be available all day on Sunday to answer queries in relation to finance or fodder.

Also on Sunday, the winner of the Voice of Ireland, local boy Keith Hanley, will perform on stage at 1pm.

“This will be an opportunity for all of Keith’s fans and supporters to come and see him live at the show,” said Mr Biggane.

The Gathering is not going unnoticed either in Charleville as arrangements have been made to bring a group of over 20 farmers all the way from New Zealand to attend the show.

Another new attraction this year will be a range of timber sports for people to experience.

“Last year we had the chain saw carving and those who did not see it last year should make a point of seeing it this year as it was a spectacular exhibition,” said Mr Biggane.

“Also this year, we are introducing sheaf tossing which will be held on the Sunday and this will also be a big attraction to this section of the show,” he added.

The vintage section can again be enjoyed with a huge display of vehicles on the day including cars, tractors, steam engines, trucks, commercial vehicles, motor bikes and much more.

All vehicles must be in the show grounds before 12.30pm on Sunday for safety reasons.

The show, the organisers say, would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors, many of whom have been involved with the event since it was founded in 1979.

“Without the generous support of our sponsors, especially our major sponsors Kerry Agribusiness, it would not be possible for us to run our show at such high standards,” said Mr Biggane.

The judging of the dairy section will take place today with a total of 19 different classes including three handlers classes.

Also today, the show will host beef classes in the cattle section of the show.

There will be classes for Limousin, Belgian Blue, Charolais, Simmental, Aberdeen Angus, Hereford, Beef Shorthorn and Parthenaise breeds of cattle with classes for commercial classes also.

The sheep classes at Charleville show will be judged on Sunday starting at 12 noon.

There will be entries of both pedigree and commercial cross bred sheep. A variety of horse and pony classes are scheduled for this year with pony showing taking place on Saturday and horses on Sunday.

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