The Ossory Show marked it’s 116th year with a focus on family friendly exhibits and community groups activities.
With something for everyone this year proved a great success for the large crowds who attended
Fiacri House set a high standard providing several cookery demonstrations which were packed out and extremely popular. Side by side with this were the many baking competitions which had both junior and senior sections along with a very high standard of craft and flower displays. Each year sees higher standards of skill and presentation in all of the craft sections.
Newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan officially opened the show and paid tribute to the committee and wished the show every success in the future. He spoke of the importance of agriculture in our over seas trade and promised to work to open up new markets.
With the arrival of the High Nellies club in the early afternoon there was a surge of activity from local groups with both ladies and gents tug-o-war competitions, donkey derbies, and local crafts men demonstrating some traditional skills like thatching, shoeing a horse, threshing corn by horse driven thresher. This year saw the participation of the Rathdowney Men’s Shed group for the first time.
Once again Ossory Show attracted some of the best livestock from all over the country. With stiff competition in each category the judging went on until well into the evening. With a larger than ever entry of Young Handlers the future for showing stock is well assured. Reflecting the growing numbers of sheep in the country the number of entries in this year’s show was up and again there was stiff competition. The Chicken & fowl completion proved a great success especially with the younger visitors.
Proving very popular was the dog show and as ever there was a large selection of dogs of a very high quality on show which is a great credit to their owners.
Ossory Show would not be complete without the horse competitions and this proved very popular with all present. All associated with this section of the show agreed that the standards were very high.
Little Miss Ossory, Best Dressed Lady and Most Suitably Dressed Gent competitions were very well supported and proved very popular both with those who took part and with their supporters.
With a palpable buzz about the show it was clear that there was a air of optimism with more trade stands, more exhibitors, more sponsors who are crucial to the future of any show, and more people attending and always a good sign, the amusements were operating well into the night.