Despite the rain, last Saturday’s agricultural show in Higginstown Park, Granard exceeded all expectations and there were plenty of winners on the day.
Entries were up on last year and there were plenty of information stands and amusements for the kids.
The arts and crafts section was bursting with delicious jams, cakes and buns, crochet, knitting and wonderful paintings, while winners in the schools poetry competition chatted happily together as the winning rosettes were attached to their masterpieces.
Adam McEntire won second prize in the poetry competition and he spoke to Leader following his win.
“I did a poem about my granddad,” the Sacred Heart National School pupil added. “He is a big inspiration to me in sport; I play gaelic for Granard and I do a bit of fishing.
“I am going into sixth class in September.”
Meanwhile, over on the field competition was rife.
Fergus Finn from Oldcastle was proudly displaying his purebred calves - pure Jersey, Danish Jersey cross Friesian and Danish Jersey cross Shorthorn, cross Friesian.
“We blend them to suit our system at home and we have been doing that for the last five or six years,” he added.
Further down the arena, Christine Drumm from Delvin in Co Westmeath was proudly displaying her trophy after picking up the Champion Hereford of the show award with her cow Kilsunny Doreen’s Ivy and calf Crowenstown Arabella Ivy.
“I live in Delvin, so I would attend shows that are in or around an hour’s drive from where I live,” Christine added.
“I enjoy the shows and to be honest I have been very lucky with this cow - and luck is very important!.”
Ardagh GAA club were also there on the day highlighting their massive fundraising draw for next October.
The top prize in the draw is a pedigree limousin heifer - Jackie - or €3,000, so what better place to be selling tickets than at Granard show last Saturday.
Mary O’Brien, Secretary of Ardagh GAA club said there were numerous prizes on offer and everyone was focused on raising enough money to develop the pitch and install a gym further down the line.
In conclusion, Cllr PJ Reilly who was directing traffic on the day said the event was a huge success and he paid tribute to all those involved.
“There was great livestock and plenty of cattle and horses,” he added.
Acknowledging the bad weather, Cllr Reilly said there had been “huge interest” in proceedings regardless, and crowds had been coming and going all day.
“Exhibitions are up this year on previous years and there was something for everyone to enjoy,” the local area representative concluded.
For more photos from the show, see next week’s Longford Leader.