A TRIP to the Limerick Show at the Racecourse is always a guaranteed winner.
Organisers are hoping that sun cream bottles are opened and umbrellas remain closed this Saturday and Sunday in Patrickswell. Met Eireann are forecasting a lot of dry weather, sunny spells and just well scattered showers.
“It looks like it is going to be a scorcher. The best person to be could be the ice-cream vendor!” says Tim Ryan, chairman of the cattle committee.
This year organisers are especially targeting families from the city and those from the county who have never visited before.
“If they come once they will come again. There is a lot more than equines and bovines,” said show chairman, Cllr Leo Walsh.
They boast another jam-packed weekend including bonny baby, best dressed lady, pet dog show, a multitude of trade stands, farm machinery, cookery, children’s entertainment, horticulture, mobile digital planetarium, arts and crafts, photography, baking and lots, lots more.
And of course the very best cattle, horses, sheep and goats in the country will be on show. Like Cappamore Show, entries in all categories are excellent which is bucking the trend of many other shows.
A big attraction on Saturday will be one of the best international sheepdog trialists in the world - the well named Toddy Lambe. Many will have seen him on the Late Late Show. Toddy and his sheepdog will put on a number of demonstrations of herding sheep and even ducks.
Limerick Show has a proud equine association and this year is no different. Along with pony and top class showjumping the Traditional Irish Horse Association are bringing a festival of traditional Irish breeding on Sunday.
This incorporates the famous Limerick Lady and Matron championships together with stallion parades and new potential sport horse classes. The popular racehorse to riding class will feature 2006 Grand National winner Numbersixvalverde.
Show PRO, Frankie Ward, says JT McNamara will be in everyone’s thoughts over the weekend as the family have competed at the show for years.
To encourage people from the city to come out they are putting on free buses leaving Brown Thomas and University Hospital Limerick at noon and 2pm on both days, returning in the afternoon.