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149th Strokestown Show is this weekend

  • Written by Paul Healy
  • Published in Lifestyle
Featured 149th Strokestown Show is this weekend

It’s one of the biggest agricultural and family-friendly shows held anywhere in Ireland – and it’s on this weekend!

The 149th annual Strokestown Agricultural Show will be held in the grounds of Strokestown Park House on Saturday and Sunday, the 12th and 13th of September.

Various All-Ireland finals will be held, with Saturday’s amazing schedule sure to attract competitors and spectators from all over Ireland. On the Sunday, a real ‘Family Day’ atmosphere descends on Strokestown.

Saturday’s schedule

Saturday of show weekend at Strokestown is traditionally the day on which the majority of animal-related competitions take place.

On Saturday the highlights of this year’s ‘Strokestown schedule’ will include the Angus Society All-Ireland Finals with prize fund of €10,000, the €5,000 All-Ireland Nutrius Animal Feeds Beef Bullock Championship and the €2,000 Greenvale Animal Feeds All-Ireland Beef Heifer Final.

Also taking place will be the €1,200 Hanly’s Hardware and Spar Supermarket All-Ireland Calf Classes. There will be classes in Hereford, Charolais, Limousin, Belgian Blue, Simmental and Shorthorn, with All-Ireland finals in Limousin, Simmental and Shorthorn. There will also be the traditional range of sheep classes.

An important and very popular part of the show are the farm and garden produce displays, which will be very varied once again this year.

New to this section is a qualifier for the All-Ireland Christmas Baking Championship, sponsored by Al Hayes Motors, with a prize-fund of €750 (final at Eyrecourt Show on Sunday, September 20th).

Sunday’s highlights

On Sunday the Strokestown Park Irish Draught Broodmare Championships will be held, featuring a €2,000 prize fund.

This is sponsored by the Callery Family Endowment Fund. There will be a range of horse and pony showing classes, including Driving for Style and Appearance.

There will be a Donkey Derby (€100 prize for winner), a great Dog Show, Poultry Section and much more.

Family Fun

Sunday is very much Family Day at Strokestown Show.

There will be a Little Miss and Little Master Show, a Miss Teen competition, Glamorous Granny event and of course the ever-popular Baby Show.

Winner of the Best Dressed Lady award will receive a €500 prize and the person deemed to be the Best Dressed Gent will receive a €200 prize. There will be a Puissance Wall competition in association with The County Roscommon Hunt.

Dog Show

Organisers are preparing for their biggest Dog Show yet, taking place on Sunday, 13th of September. There will be classes for just about every breed of dog you can think of! New to the Dog Show this year is a qualifier for the All-Ireland Irish Native Breed Championship Final being held at Eyrecourt Show on September 20th.

Visit the fabulous Walled Gardens

On the Sunday of the Show, the beautiful six-acre Walled Gardens at Strokestown Park House will be open, free of charge, to the public. Thanks to the Callery family for this gesture.

Entertainment for children…

There will be a real family atmosphere in the grounds of Strokestown Park House on both days. There will be FREE bouncy castles and slides for kids throughout both days. There will also be numerous further amusements. Performing ponies will be in attendance too!

Music and dancing!

There will be music and an opportunity for locals and visitors to mingle and socialise during the two-day Strokestown Show. Watch out for Marty Mone of ‘Hit the Diff’ renown who will provide entertainment on Sunday afternoon, as will a number of other bands and professional dancers.

Come and see Killian and Katelyn – ‘The Jiving Kids’ – give a spectacular afternoon performance on Sunday, September 13th.

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