After a week of showers, the weather gods smiled on Shroid on Sunday for the annual Co Longford Show and Country Fair which was held on the lands of George and Noreen Allen.
The skies cleared for what turned out to be a lovely day in a superb location, just minutes from Longford town.
Whether you were there for the cattle classes or the sheep, for the ponies or the dog show, the goats or the poultry, the bouncy castle or the crafts, or just for a mooch around on a Sunday afternoon, this event ticked all the boxes.
Organisers were rewarded with sizeable crowds throughout the entire day. No corner was left unvisited as spectators strolled leisurely from the cattle to the coffee stalls and everything in between.
As usual, the event was run with military precision. Stewards in high-vis vests dotted the venue, those manning the microphones ensured that everyone knew what was going on and the extensive line-up of events and displays made sure there was something for all the family.
The organisers of this event could, and indeed should, run a small country.
As well as being a great day out, it was a testament to the vibrancy of modern rural life in Ireland today.
My young companion gave it the ultimate seal of approval as we were leaving. “Can we come back again tomorrow?” he asked only to sigh heavily when I explained it was an annual event. Next year seems a long way away when you are only four .
For more photos from the event, see this week’s Longford Leader.