Packed schedule for agri shows this weekend

There are a number of agricultural shows scheduled to take place around the country this weekend, with plenty to keep farmers interested in counties Donegal, Down, Galway, Cork and Dublin.

Finn Valley

Finn Valley Agricultural Show will take place tomorrow (Saturday, June 24). The show, which is in its 25th year, will be held at Kilcadden, Killygordan, Co. Donegal.

The show will feature a livestock competition, as well as a vintage rally and threshing display – with a “show ‘n’ shine” tractor contest also planned. The event will be open to the public at 8:30am, with the judging of the different classes starting at 9:30am.

The livestock competition will feature classes for cattle, sheep and poultry. Additionally, a working horse and working hunter pony championship is set to take place. There will also be a dog show on the day as well as a pig race – the proceeds of which will go to Donegal Hospice.

Newry Show

The Newry Show will also take place tomorrow on the grounds of Newry Rugby Club, Hilltown Road, Newry, Co. Down.

At the show there will be a range of events including livestock judging, horse competitions, a dog show, fashion shows, a magic display and other such events.

There will also be a vintage exhibition, a craft fair and an animal farm containing rare breeds of livestock. The show will run from 9:00am until 6:00pm.

Corrandulla Agricultural Show

In Corrandulla, Co. Galway, the Corrandulla Agricultural Show is also celebrating a landmark anniversary with this year marking 40 years of the show – which will take place on Sunday. The show is set to begin at 9:00am and will run until 5:00pm.

There will be a host of events on the day including a cattle show, horse and pony jumping, Connemara pony classes and horse classes, pig and poultry classes, a dog show, and pet displays.

There will also be bonny baby, fancy dress and best dressed lady competitions on the day, as well as arts and crafts and sheaf throwing events. A tug of war and children’s entertainment will also be provided. In addition, there will be several side shows and trade stands.

Charleville Agricultural Show

Meanwhile, in Co. Cork, the Charleville Agricultural Show will kick off tomorrow and will take place on Sunday, June 25, as well. All cattle showing will be done tomorrow.

According to the show schedule, there will be various sections to the event, including: trade stands; livestock; agriculture and horticulture; cookery, arts and crafts for adults; arts and crafts for children; sheaf tossing; and vintage sections.

Flavours of Fingal Country Show

The Flavours of Fingal Country Show will also take place on both Saturday and Sunday – with a series of shows, activities and events planned.

Taking place in Newbridge House and Farm, Donnabate, Co. Dublin, the show will run from 11:00am to 6:00pm on both days.

Stock judging of cattle, Agri Aware tours, hand sheep shearing, horse ploughing and harrowing as well as a range of equestrian competitions will take place over the weekend.

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The range of events and displays will include vintage vehicles, vintage farming methods, food, crafts, a petting zoo, music, workshops and sheepdog trials.

For history buffs, there will be ‘100 years of farming’, a ‘Viking village’, a cavalry and jousting show along with the Georgian mansion Newbridge House – with tours of the mansion taking place every half hour from 12:00pm to 4:00pm on both days.

With a wealth of events to choose from, farmers around the country will be spoilt for choice this weekend – if they have the time and energy to spare after all the work done during the recent fine weather.