This weekend coming, on Saturday 21st July,
will welcome the return of the Annual Sligo County Agricultural Show which will be held in Riverstown Community Park. With all the wonderful animals, aromas from the home baking section, story telling for children and craft demonstrations there will certainly be lots on offer for the whole family.
New additions this year to the animal sections, such as the Aberdeen Angus, may even beat the WOW factor felt at the introduction of the Simmental Cows last year. The Horse, Pony, Cattle and Sheep sections will be joined for the first time by the Poultry section to include hens, ducks, geese, quails and pigeons.
The All Ireland Semi Finals of the Macra na Feirme Farm Skills Competition starts at 10am sharp, with teams competing from all over the Northern, Western and Midlands Regions of the Country. This competition helps enhance the skills of young farmers and competitors are judged for their skills in the following:- Tractor Teamwork, Erecting a Stock Proof Fence and an Academic Theory Test. The competition also aims to create a greater awareness of farm safety.
A fine array of home baking, vegtables and home craft entries to the Show will be displayed in the Home Industries tent which reopens for public viewing at 1.30pm following the judging process.
The Show this year also introduces the new Community & Arts Tent and from 12.30pm there will be story telling sessions with Imelda Ryan-Jones for the children as well as craft demonstrations by three artists. Matt Jones will be demonstrating his woodturning skills until 3pm and viewers will be in with a chance of winning one of his Salad Bowls in Spalted Beech, which comes in a lovely presentation box also made in the West of Ireland. Oonagh McCann, a local designer who also works in wood, will be creating beautiful images using pyrography on her lamps and other funtional pieces. Ian Carty, a potter who works with horse hair to make his distinct pieces, will give children who entered in the Junior Art Section of the Show an opportunity to have hands on fun with clay. More deligts will also be found in the Community & Arts tent on the day.
Another first this year is the introduction of the Art for Rural Roads competition. Invitations to submit a piece on the day in any medium, including photography, painting, collage or drawing. Images should help encourage people to refrain from throwing litter on our rural roads. Keeping our roads litter free will benefit residents, farmers and tourists alike. This initiative is a follow on to all the great work that Riverstown Tidy Towns and other groups throughout the County do in getting people involved in keeping the villages and towns litter free.Dressing Up
It is hoped that a Sligo County Agricultural Show Calendar will be created with images from this new section and will be given out free of charge at next years show, to act as a reminder to keep our countryside clean.
As usual pets too are in with a chance of winning a prize so come along with you dog, cat or any household pet. There of course will be the Bonny Baby, Little Miss Riverstown, Little Master Riverstown and the most Glamours Granny fun dressing up competitions too.
A special word of thanks to all the sponsors of the Show including Sligo County Council, Teagasc and Connacht Gold. Remeber too its free for the children, so less cost on parents. Come on out and support this annual event, which is organised and run by volunteers in the community who work hard to enable a fun day out for the whole family. People create the athmosphere so, even if you have to don your wellies and raincoat, join the Sligo County Agricultural Show for an interesting day out this coming Saturday 21st July in Riverstown Community Park.