PACK up the car, trailer, the pets and children to head for the 65th Cappamore Show taking place on Saturday August 17: the site is Ballyvoreen. While gates open at dawn for the movement of cattle, trade stands, horses, exotic animals, vintage lots of farm and domestic machinery and vehicles, the wider public is welcome from 11am on.
Maura Walsh is working with a strong PRO team to tell the county and beyond about the itinerary. “Our 65th year is a big one and to celebrate, we have Dermot Lyons playing in our marquee, with bar facilities onsite. Pauline Hynan, a fantastic woman who was an All-Ireland dance champion herself, will present her students in costume for line dancing and set dancing.
“We have competitions in baking, arts, crafts, dogs, carriage driving, flowers and for children to enter, and there is huge interest in our photography section.”
Hats off to Cappamore in the Agriculture and Showjumping categories as “this year, we host the three year-old filly All Ireland Championship qualifier.” Entrants are confined to the Irish Horse Register.
Entry details to all sections of the show are listed on www.cappamoreshow.ie and the modest fees. Maura makes the point that “competition prizes are commensurate with fees paid, top prize for the Irish Angus being €250, for example.
“People travel from the four corners of Ireland to enter an animal and its about the competition prestige, doing qualifiers and at best, the silver cup on the sideboard for a year.”
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