10 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Because of the severe bad weather over the past few months a decision was made, solely by the show committee, to cancel the Cattle and Horse sections of the Castleblayney Show.
So, with great reluctance, ‘Plan B’ was put into operation. This involved moving the other sections of the show from the field, so generously offered by Jimmy and Sheila McShane and family, to the warehouse complex behind the Lidl store. This move was a great disappointment to Jimmy and Sheila who were so looking forward to having the show on their land. The warehouse complex, generously offered at such short notice by Francie McGuigan, Building Contractor, proved ideal for the purpose. As the decision to move was made less than a week before the show date, a great deal of work had to be done by the committee, and the many helpers, to get the show ready in time. Fortunately, everything worked out well. Although the Cattle and Horse sections were badly missed, the rest of the show was a terrific success.
The next problem was how to let everyone know about the change of venue. With the excellent cooperation and assistance of the Northern Standard, Northern Sound, LM/FM, by word of mouth and many other ways, this was done to such an extent that the number of people who came to the show was not much less than the record attendance of last year’s show.
Anyway, on to the show itself. The show was advertised as a fun day out for all the family, and it certainly was. The Pets Corner and the Poultry tent were, as usual, a highlight of the day. A number of children were seen, with their parents’ permission, walking away with a kitten, a chicken or a duck. The magician was baffling both grown ups and children in the outdoor area and karaoke from the Muckno Mania stand was very entertaining. The swirl of the kilts and the skirl of the pipes from the Aughnamullan band were very impressive. The man with the chainsaw, and the blacksmith, showed wonderful skills by making some very artistic work. One of the main attractions was the beautiful carriage with the magnificent black Friesian horses bringing Margo, the Show Queen Eimear Forde and chairman Jim Harrison to officially open the show. The music during the day was provided by Julie Ann and the Fridge Magnets as well as G. Mac. The inside area was also a success. The entries in all classes were well up on last year and the quality of the entries was exceptionally high. The judges had a difficult time making a decision as to which was the best exhibit. All in all, it was a very successful day.
All prize winners will receive their prizes shortly. Many thanks to all involved in making the show the success it was. Thanks to the sponsors, exhibitors helpers and trade stands, without whom the show could not take place. A very special ‘thank you’ to all those who attended the 57th show and made it such a success. Hopefully the 58th Castleblayney Show will be back in the field. …

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