Despite the weather, the County Longford Show and Country Fair was well attended last weekend. Spectators and competitors alike descended on the picturesque south Longford village of Moydow to grab a glimpse at all the very best that rural life in Co Longford has to offer.
There was plenty in store with an abundance of classes from fruit and vegetable growing to cattle, horses, sheep and goats. The Dog Show proved a major attraction again this year with everything from a pond dog to a hound dog boasting decadance, if only but for a short while, and for the kids, bouncing castle, amusements and free face painting very soon became the order of the day.
Even Fine Gael’s Deputy James Bannon TD had a smile on his face and was on site to savour the delights of the day. Coming from a farming background himself, he was quick to point out to the Leader, the significance of the role that agricultural shows play in communities across the country and the sense of community spirit that is achieved through the organisation and hosting of the events.
“This is a fine show,” Deputy Bannon affirmed, adding that agricultural shows “were very important” in the showcasing of rural Irish life. “It takes a huge effort to organise a show on this scale and the exhibition of cattle and horses is off the highest standard here today.”
The local TD went on to say that the gentle, (if not shaky) emergence of the sun, added a touch of warmth to proceedings and he highlighted that such occasions were very much part and parcel of “our cultural heritage”.
“These shows are part of our tradition,” he added. “The weather is holding out, there is plenty of competition and everyone is enjoying what is on offer here today. The field is exceptionally dry given the weather over the past few weeks. I was very much involved in this show in days gone by and I appreciate what it takes to get something like this off the ground, so I would like to thank all those who sponsored or supported the Show in any way.”
Meanwhile, County Longford Show and Country Fair Secretary, Margaret Thompson was busy formatting results when the Leader caught up with her. “Well, it has been a great day,” she exclaimed from under a mound of paperwork.
“We are absolutely delighted with the turn out and the weather held out, if only just. The field is dry and we really appreciate Séan Donnelly’s generosity in giving us the field for the occasion. I want to take the opportunity to thank all the sponsors and indeed a big thank you to everyone who supported us; it has been a great day.”
After that, it was the aromas from the home industries section that became somewhat seductive and so a wander around the area soon brought mouthwatering delights to the fore. Breads, cakes, jams, chutneys, boxty, buns and marmalades ladened the display stands. Arts and crafts included everything from art to knitting, crocheting and dressmaking and the flower arrangements and vegetable displays were most endearing.
And as the sun went down on Moydow last Sunday evening show goers agreed that a most enjoyable day was had by all.