LIMERICK County and City Councils are amalgamating and the organisers of Limerick Show want people from rural and built-up areas to join together this weekend.
“We got a huge crowd from the city last year and we are hoping for even more this year,” said show chairman, Cllr Leo Walsh.
“We are putting on a show for everyone. It is not all about animals, there are a huge amount of attractions for children like bouncy castles, face painting, fairground attractions and lots more. It is a real family day out and the Racecourse is the perfect venue,” he added.
It’s been one of the coldest summers on record and an artificial ice skating rink on both days will fit in perfectly.
“That’s something we’ve never had before. There will be huge interest in that and we also have a reptile village and a flea circus for the first time,” said Cllr Walsh.
To attract even more people from the city buses will leave Brown Thomas and the Regional Hospital at 12 and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s all about joining together and going forward together,” said Cllr Walsh.
The show begins at 10am on both days.
On Saturday there is a bring and buy poultry sale and show; farmer’s market; horse and pony show jumping and a big selection of trade stands - numbers are up this year. Some top retired racehorses that people will only ever have seen on the TV will be there on the day.
All the showing classes - cattle, horses, ponies, sheep and goats takes place on Sunday. Other attractions include the craft, art, photography, baking classes and horticulture exhibits; pet dog show; bonny baby competition; best dressed lady and gentleman; pet’s corner; army display; floral demonstration and chef Frank Moynihan.
Limerick Show volunteer, Sarah Blennerhassett, pictured above, is particularly looking forward to the ice skating.
“It’s something different and I think people will really go for it!” said Sarah.