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 next.
The event will feature a great mix of animal-related classes and attractions along with some great family entertainment and the social dimension which one always associates with one of the most famous shows in the entire country.
Various All-Ireland finals will be held with Saturday’s amazing schedule sure to attract competitors and spectators from all over Ireland.
At the recent launch, show chairperson John O’Beirne had a special welcome for representatives of the Angus Society who host their All-Ireland finals in Strokestown every year, with a prize fund of €10,000.
A spectacular show is guaranteed! On the Sunday, a real ‘Family Day’ atmosphere descends on Strokestown and the organising committee have scheduled a stunning variety of events to provide entertainment for the public.
Speaking at the recent show launch, John O’Beirne thanked the many people who help to make the annual Strokestown Show such a success.
Noting that some committee members have actually given a phenomenal more than sixty years’ service, Mr. O’Beirne stressed that everyone involved works in a voluntary capacity. He welcomed the fact that a number of young people have joined as stewards, noting that many are following in their parents’ footsteps by becoming involved at committee level.
Agricultural shows, he noted, are struggling due to lack of funding and lack of young people becoming involved, and accordingly he was delighted with the support of sponsors and the arrival of some ‘new blood’ on to the committee.
Mr. O’Beirne thanked everyone for attending the launch and expressed the hope that the 2015 Strokestown Show will be well supported and will prove to be a big success.
Saturday of show weekend at Strokestown is traditionally the day on which the majority of animal-related competitions take place.
On Saturday 12th of September next 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.
As for sheep classes, there will be a range of these, including Suffolk, Texel, Charolais and Commercial.
There is a Champion and Reserve in each section and the Supreme Champion of the Show. An important and very popular part of the show are the farm and garden produce displays, including fruit and vegetables, hay and pasture, turf, adult and junior cookery, honey, eggs, butter, jams, handcrafts, etc.
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).
On Sunday the Strokestown Park Irish Draught Broodmare Champion ships 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.
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 amusements for children on both days, including FREE bouncy castles! It is hoped that a Tug O’War exhibition will be staged and there will be a Puissance Wall competition in association with The County Roscommon Hunt.
It has been very noticeable in recent years that Dog Shows are growing in popularity. This has certainly been the case in Strokestown and 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! Sponsors of this popular section are Emlagh Lodge Veterinary Clinic, C&D Pet Foods and Mackle Pet Foods.
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.
Entertainment for children…
There will be a real family atmosphere in the grounds of Strokestown Park House on both days. Catering for children is uppermost in the minds of the organisers.
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!
Visit the fabulous Walled Gardens
One of the really special relatively new attractions at the fabulous Strokestown Park House are the Walled Gardens.
A visit is highly recommended. On the Sunday of the Show, the six-acre Walled Gardens will be open, free of charge, to the public. Thanks to the Callery family for this gesture.
Strokestown Agricultural Show is kindly sponsored year in year out by a host of generous businesses.
At the recent show launch, committee chairperson John O’Beirne thanked all sponsors for this much-appreciated support.
He said: “I would like to thank our sponsors for remaining on board with us again this year through difficult times.”
Mr. O’Beirne said it costs about €70,000 to host the show so the value of the sponsors is indeed self-evident. He appealed to the public to support sponsors and to come out and enjoy the show.
Music and dancing!
There will be music and an opportunity for locals and visitors to mingle and socialise throughout the two-day Strokestown Agricultural 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, including Sean Nos dancers.
Come and see Killian and Katelyn – ‘The Jiving Kids’ – give a spectacular afternoon performance on Sunday, September 13th. A Jiving Competition will be held throughout the day!