It’s showtime in Ennis this Sunday

LARGE crowds are expected in Ennis on Sunday for the annual County Clare Show.
One of the biggest events on the agricultural calendar, organisers are estimating that thousands of people will descend on Ennis Showground’s.
This year’s show again features a number of marquee competitions and awards with horse breeders and livestock vying for the top prizes. A total prize fund of €20,000 is available for winners this year.
There’s sure to be plenty of competition in the various show classes, which include the Clare Agricultural Show Society Brood Mare All-Ireland Championship; The All Ireland Yearling Colt or Gelding Championship and the Champion Cattle section.
There will also be carriage driving classes, crafts, painting, photography competitions and numerous trade stands.
“There is always great interest in events every year”, explained show PRO Mary Stafford.
“The best dressed lay event is always a big one. The dog show and agility classes are always very popular. People really love it. It’s the same with the miniature horse classes. There has been great interest in this year”. A total prize fund of €20,000 is available for winners this year.
“People have been really supportive of the show again this year.
“Given the times we are in, people still continue to be very generous with sponsorship an support,” added Mary.
She said the County Show committee and all those people involved in bringing the show life have once again worked really hard over the past 12 months.
“We’re lucky that we have a venue like the Showground’s in the middle of Ennis. I think it’s maybe one of those venues that people don’t know enough about. We’re very lucky to have a venue like it in Ennis”, she added.
The Clare Agricultural Show Society was set up to promote, encourage and develop high standards in a wide range of farm enterprises for the rural community.
An integral part of the agricultural community for generations, the stated aim of the Show Society is to “promote agriculture in all its aspects”
The first committee meetings took place in 1904 to discuss holding the county’s first ever agricultural show. Over the years the show has expanded and in 1985 the Show Society hosted the European Show-jumping Championships.

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