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Monday 16 September 2019

County Show blown off stage by Status Quo gig

IT HAS survived monsoons and economic wars but the Wexford County Show has been blown off course by rock band Status Quo.

The performance of the British band at the Showgrounds on the Ross Road in Enniscorthy earlier this month took place in a downpour as Strawberry Fest went ahead in woeful summer weather. Now the show committee, headed by James Hendrick, has decided that the ground conditions left after the musicians and their mud larking friends departed are too bad to allow the 142nd staging of the annual highlight of the agricultural year to go ahead as planned on Saturday, June 30.

'The show has been pulled,' confirmed secretary Hally Doyle. 'The grounds were in too bad a condition after the Strawberry Fest.' The problems were made worse by the fact that the continuing damp summer made it difficult to carry out repairs or to allow the ground of the Polo Field recover.

Ms. Doyle stated that no alternative date could be found later in the year for the event which has been an enduring feature of life in Enniscorthy for more almost one and a half centuries. In the year 2001, the event was one of many which fell victim to the foot and mouth disease precautions and now it has been called off once more.

A gymkhana went ahead at the weekend in the Showgrounds but it was staged in the middle of the greyhound track, which was not used during the Strawberry Fest.

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