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Monday 23 October 2017

What a show!

By Esther Hayden

Margo O'Reilly from Adamstown with 'Nico', overall winner in the dog show, and Frank Casey of sponsors Redmills.
Margo O'Reilly from Adamstown with 'Nico', overall winner in the dog show, and Frank Casey of sponsors Redmills.
Jack and Ava Kelly, Adamstown.
Anna Sarsfield, Bridgetown, and Eoghan Byrne, Gorey.
John Breen from Boolavogue.
The finalists in the All Ireland Home-Cook qualifier: Bridget Crean (Clonroche), Rose Hurley (Kilmore Quay), Marguerite Power (Tomhaggard), winner Sylvia Roche (Kilmore Quay), Lar Whelan (Bannow) and Majella Colfer (Clongeen).
Anna Sarsfield, Bridgetown, and Eoghan Byrne, Gorey.
Carrig On Bannow Show in Killag on Thursday Anna Sarsfield, Bridgetown and Eoghan Byrne, Gorey.
Cillian and Isabella Finn at the Flavours of Fingal.
Linda O'Grady, Donna O'Grady and Laura Whelan from Clongeen.
Noeleen Jones from Rathangan.
Katie Kinsella and 'Golden Slip' in the showjumping.
Donna Murphy, marketing exexutive, and Esther Hayden, journalist, at the People Newspapers stand.
Lily Byrne with Tyler and Molly Somers, Bridgetown.
Megan Byrne Doyle from Bishopswater in Wexford.

After a wet and worrying start to the week, the 66th annual Bannow and Rathangan show basked in glorious weather on Thursday.

Regina Sinnott, one of the trade stand organisers, said the weather was ideal: dry but not hot enough to drive people to the beach.

This year's show saw the return of perennial favourites such as the steeplechase, vintage display craft stands and showjumping as well as new additions which included the extended cattle section to incorporate Irish Moiled and Partenaise classes.

The All Ireland final of the Three Year Old horse championship saw a large amount of entrants and interest. With a €6,000 prize fund, it was one of the highlights of the day.

However it wasn't just all about farming and agriculture with the Food Hall drawing huge numbers throughout the day. The delicious smells wafted from the tent pervading the air making the tummies rubble several times a day.

In fact there was no shortage of food around the site with everything from the very on-trend pulled pork sambos to beef burgers and Wexford strawberries and crepes on offer. Chef Adrain Martin judged the regional heat of the All Ireland Home Cook competition as well as doing some cookery demo.

As always the dog show was a major hit on the day with all manner of breeds on show from the very big to the teeny tiny.

The visitors to the show arrived early in the morning ready for a jam-packed day of entertainment and they weren't disappointed. A fashion show was a big hit with plenty of style on the catwalk while the musical entertainment proved a great respite when walking about the large site became too arduous.

For the younger ones and indeed the young the heart the amusements provided many hours of entertainment, not to mention blood curdling screams as some of the death defying rides swung into action.

A bouncy castle raising funds for St Gabriel's Ward at Wexford General Hospital saw people dig deep for the very worthy cause. Organised by Richard Brophy, the owner of Belgrove Bouncing castles, the bouncy castle had raised well over €1,000 by early morning and the money kept rolling in throughout the day.

The stalls themselves had everything from cookwear and cleaning cloths to walking sticks and hurls for sale and one of the most popular must surely have been the toy stall with children proudly clutching their new toy as they wandered around the showgrounds, with more than a few also carrying a new pet goldfish.

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