Welcome to this year’s Clonakilty Agricultural Show. It’s all happening on Sunday, 11th June and takes place in the Show Grounds Clonakilty, just a short distance from the Award Winning Town of Clonakilty. This huge event has been attracting thousands of people yearly from far and wide with its mixture of agricultural events, concerts and special emphasis on an affordable family day out – all set against the beautiful backdrop of the rugged countryside and the Atlantic Ocean
New to this year’s show is the six-time Irish trial-bike champion Andy Perry and his “trialstar” team display their skills and bravery riding motorcycles over jumps and a few mind-boggling obstacles. Andy has previously performed in Red Bull events and numerous shows around the country and we’re really looking forward to seeing his team at this year’s Clonakilty Agricultural Show.
The Tug O’War event is back where teams of 6-aside with a maximum weight of 720 and 520kg. Weigh in will be at 12.00 Noon – 12.45pm and pulling will commence at 1.00 pm.
Every year Clonakilty Show try to make the day as affordable as possible for young families with some free entertainment and this year is no exception. Clonakilty Agricultural Show are delighted to announce a very special theatre performance from Wexford Studio and Athenaeum Theatre and Museum in Enniscorthy and the interesting storyline may have a lesson for all of us. The name of the show is “Jeff and Elvis” and is a wonderful celebration of storytelling. This exciting production is packed full of adventure and fun, uses songs, puppets, masks, and comedy to tell the story of how a bully changes his ways and finds happiness through love and friendship. The show lasts for one hour, in a special theatre tent, which is very attractive in itself and can accommodate up to 40 per show. Well worth catching up with at Clonakilty Agricultural Show on Sunday, 11th June..
Show day is about animals and the show grounds will be turned into a mini wonderland with frisky calves paraded on their first day out at the show. Foals as young as two weeks old can be admired while fully grown horses will be there in all their glory, groomed with manes and tails plaited.
Gerard’s Mobile Farm will allow young people to get up close to farm animals. With farming getting so commercialised, even country kids do not get up close to animals, so this is an opportunity to give a lamb or a calf or a goat and all the bunny rabbits a big hug. Contact with animals provides a wealth of experience and if we learn to care for our animals, we will be better placed to care for each other.
Dogs are always a treat to see and the dog show is one of the most popular attractions every year with classes open to all canines – mutt and pedigree. Breeds from sheepdogs to St Bernard will be on show. The judge is all the way from Tipperary. Entries for the Dog Show will be taken by the Ring Side from 1.00pm onwards.
Clonakilty Show is recognised as one of the top shows in the country, its cornerstone has always been the exhibiting of the finest animals and bringing out the best of breeds, be it horses or ponies, cattle or sheep and of late the return of poultry.
The provision of good healthy food has always been central to farming and fishing. Clonakilty Agricultural Show are delighted to announce that their show on Sunday, 11th June 2017 will be one of the venues for the live amateur cooking competition “The All Ireland Home Cook Champion “2017. The Competition which is run in association with the Irish Countrywoman’s Association (ICA). The Competition tag line is “Creativity with Irish Ingredients” The competition will be run alongside cooking demonstrations by TV3 and RTE chef Adrian Martin (Chef Adrian). The cooking demonstrations and live cooking competition will take place alongside an artisan food village.
And if that that doesn’t make your hungry, admiring all the superb cakes, breads, preserves, fruit and vegetables for a coveted First Prize will certainly do so in the Domestic Arts Competition under the guidance of Lady President , Eileen O’Leary and the Ladies Committee. Don’t worry, the food village will be dispensing tasty food all day with stands from Carbery, Irish Yogurts, Clonakilty Black Pudding, Clona Milk, plus many more.
Over the years, Clonakilty Show has come to mean a wonderful and affordable day out for all the family and this year the programme is better than ever. The theme for this year’s show is “Bringing a Bit of Country to Town” and there will be 3½ hours of nonstop music to Paul Kelly and Band. Making a special appearance is Paddy O’Brien, no stranger to Clonakilty who played many a time in the Industrial Hall. MC for the Jiving Competition is Michael Whelton from Rosscarbery. There is also Open Mic Section from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm to show case new comers to music.
Back in 1913, the show boasted of having one of the top exhibits of fowl in the country. Of late we have seen the disappearance of fowl from every farm yard in the country but the re-kindle of the spirit of self-proficiency has seen the return of fowl to shows around the country with some rare and common breeds and no doubt this year the exhibition will be larger than ever under the capable hands of Sarah Flynn, Gerard Knowles and Padraig and Darren Keohane.
Fashion conscious ladies and gents will be vying for the title of Best Dressed Lady and Gent,
Not to be missed is the Young People’s Art Competition which is a source of inspiration and shows how talented our young people are and how creative our school and play schools have become. Well done to all the local schools for taking part and to their teachers for encouraging the young people.
Rounding off the evening’s entertainment, the best of carriages and training gigs will feature in the Clonakilty Agricultural Show Ride and Drive and the last event of all, the exciting trotting and sulky racing with a 3 card race meeting.
Agricultural shows are part of our heritage, something deep rooted in our hearts and memories. For some of us, we have the memory of a unique family day out, being taken to the show on the second Wednesday in July as a toddler and young child; it was one of the few family days out in the year, now we bring our own children or grandchildren to continue in the tradition.
Today, more than ever, we cherish those simple, special occasions when we meet old friends, exchange the news, have a chat, and have a wonderful day out. Clonakilty show is the place to be on Sunday 11TH June, where else would you be.
This is what shows is all about, meeting up with fiends, old friends, neighbours, relatives with a rouged view of the country side and the Atlantic Ocean, full of attraction for young and old, entertainment at an affordable price and at its best. Family admission a mere €20.