Tuesday 20 August 2019

Castlebridge brought to a halt for vintage 75th show

Jimmy Nolan, Peg Kearney, Ellen Vaughan and Michael Redmond at the Castlebridge Show on Sunday
Jimmy Nolan, Peg Kearney, Ellen Vaughan and Michael Redmond at the Castlebridge Show on Sunday
John McCleane and Michael Malone.
Mai Ling Tynan, Ella Banville O'Gara and Orla Banville enjoying the show.

Visitors to Castlebridge took a step back in time for the highly-anticipated 75th Castlebridge Agricultural and Horticultural Show.

In honour of the special anniversary, there was a 1940s theme, which saw members of the committee dress in 1940s-style clothes. The Show kicked off with a procession through the village in the sunshine, led by a vintage pony and trap.

According to Anne Murphy, PRO of the Castlebridge Show committee, the momentous event created much excitement around the area.

'The turnout was fantastic,' she explained. 'I think we brought Castlebridge to a halt.'

In keeping with the theme, there were several special competitions, including one for the best bread and butter pudding and the best-dressed guests in 1940's clothing.

The Show also featured some modern additions, including the prize for the best selfie. Of course, usual favourites such as the pets corner, the dog show and the vegetable and baking contests proved to be as popular as ever.

'The baking section was very well-supported,' said Ann. 'This year, we added a prize for the best homemade biscuits.'

Members of the younger generation could also get involved at the Show, with many of them taking part in the fancy-dress competition. Each person was tasked with dressing as a vegetable, fruit or flower.

Throughout the day, visitors also enjoyed the many stalls around the grounds. A display of machinery from the 1940's was also on site, courtesy of Johnstown Castle.

Members of the Castlebridge Show committee organised a wide array of events in the run up to the Show, including garden talks and an extremely successful home-baking demonstration. The final event, a fruit and vegetable preservation workshop, will take place in September before the committee take a 'well-earned rest'. However, they aren't ready for a break just yet. Members are currently working on a book about the 75th Show, which will also include some historical information. According to Anne, they hope to launch the book later this year.

Wexford People

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