At present the picturesque village of Cloone is awaiting judging in the Tidy Towns competition and the local agricultural show. The date for the latter event is more definite with its 24th birthday to take place on Monday, August 6.
Annually this Bank Holiday Monday attraction has been “progressively progressive” and has established itself as one of Ireland’s leading and friendliest agricultural shows. With the combination of the excellent venue (given by kind permission of the Beirne family), the efforts of the hard working committee the show has all the ingredients for an action packed programme.
The committee are indebted to the sponsors of material and financial prizes, all the exhibitors, the judges and all the helpers who assist before, during and after show day. The show picture would not be complete without support for fundraising events, town collections and the church gate collection. Not forgetting the Civil Defence, Gardai and local and national press media for important coverage.
Starting of in the horse section of the programme Class 1 is confined to members of Leitrim IDF Society who are owners of Irish Draught Mares with foal or in foal. The show committee are also offering prizes of €40 each to owners of brood mares (registered) three years or over stinted to a stallion on the Board na gCapall register of approved stallions. In this particular section driving for style and appearance is very popular.
Patrons with an interest in cattle are well catered for with: Commercial, Beauford, Charolais, Angus, Limousin, Shorthorn, Limmental and Dairy types all gaining prominence.
Again this year the show boasts the Gerry Stenson Hardware All Ireland Heifer with no permanent teeth. Total prize money is €600. Also included is the 2012 Leitrim calf Championship qualifier for the final at Mohill Show.
In the Dog Show there are an increased number of classes with monetary prizes added to champion and reserve champion trophies. Maxi-zoo of Longford are also sponsoring goody-bags on the day.
The vintage car and tractor section is also very popular with a prize of €50 to the owner of the oldest vehicle with a brown tax-book.
Up to this all activities mentioned are field events and one must not forget the cookery, home industries, farm and garden produce and flowers in the marquees. The young exhibitor is also well looked after with junior art; handwriting; cookery and crafts also in the marquee.
Special attractions on the Bank Holiday Monday include: Best Dressed Lady at the Show; Best Mother & Daughter lookalike; Best Father & Son lookalike; Bouncing Castle; Guess the Weight of the animals; Vintage Display; Calf Triplets from Co Meath, as seen on The Late Late Show; Glamorous Granny; Jedward Lookalike Competition; Dog Show; Keep on the Straight & Narrow; Bonny Baby Show; Belle-of-Cloone (3-7 year old).
Music on the Showgrounds is provided by Country Roads, Michael Moran and Tommy Hands. There will also be a raffle on Show Night in Creggan’s Bar with a total prize fund of €350.
The committee of this year’s event is as follows: President - Fr Sam Holmes PP; Vice-Presidents - Timmy Beirne, Pauric Kelly and Hughie McGovern; Chairman - Andy McGovern; Vice-Chairman - Tom McNamara; Joint Secretaries - Pauline Shortt an Sheila Canning; PRO - James Moran; Safety Officers - Eugene McNamara, Michael Clancy, Thomas Canning and Seamus Maguire.
For further information visit www.cloone-show.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org