Health and Safety On & Off the Farm to Feature at Spring Show 2015!!
The 50 Bales a Day Challenge!!
All roads from within the province and further afield will point to the Ballinrobe Racecourse on Sunday 17th May for the fifth Annual Connacht Spring Show, which promises to be one of the best shows to be held in the West of Ireland in recent years. Due to the high level of farm deaths organisers have decided to focus heavily on the increased risks and hazards that await us daily as we head out the door to complete our daily chores.In order to do this they have enlisted the support and services of the following bodies The HSA, FRS, RSA, IFA, Teagasc, Án Garda Siochana, The Order Of Malta & The Fire Service and they will all be on hand to give advice and demonstrations throughout the day on all aspects of safety. Supporting all of these will be the Irish Heart Foundation.
The Spring Show will also boast a comprehensive and diverse range of exhibitions and displays, and foremost among them will be the large farm machinery show. All leading machinery dealers will be in attendance to display their wares and answer queries from interested customers. As well as the latest in farm machinery, the motor trade will be well represented with a fine selection of various makes of cars on show and a selection of easy access vehicles will be on display just inside the main entrance, 4x4s and other farm-related vehicles will also feature. There will also be a large selection of trade stands focusing on bio-fuels, livestock supplies, veterinary supplies, and landscaping and grass care products.
Following the success of last years sheep show this years show will be fully sponsored by Bimeda and is looks like having larger numbers of entries in all classes. John Farrell from Roscommon will once again be at the helm. John, a well known Charolais sheep breeder says he is looking forward to be part of this years event again and can see the show getting much bigger in the coming years. Schedules and entry forms can be downloaded from our web site or posted on request.
‘This event will endeavour to encompass all aspects of farming and rural life’, said one of the organisers Paddy Rock. It will bring everyone who is connected in any way with farming and rural Ireland to the same venue, so it is very much a one-stop-shop for farmers and their families.
The 50 Bales A day Challenge. How fast can you move them ? Our record setting attempts are set to continue with what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the show as we attempt to set another new Irish Record this year, to add to the three already set, as we invite visitors to the show to take on The Fifty Bales A Day Challenge. This is a two person team event with entries taken on the day.
Fashion will also play an important part of our show, once again and we are delighted to welcome back Catwalk Model Agency who will be presenting 3 fashion shows on the day in our fashion marquee. Shows will take place at 1pm, 3pm & 4-30 p.m. We will also be looking to find our best drssed man & woman on the day.
The Connacht International Open Sheep Shearing Championships are delighted to announce the attendance of the current world Lamb Shearing record holder Ivan Scott at this years event. The competition strongly supported by Bimeda offers an opportunity to visitors of the show to see shearers of all ages compete in their various grades for the titles that are on offer. Seamus Joyce & Peter Heraty, international hand shearers will have to battle it out for the many titles on offer as the young contenders come biting at their heels hoping to share a place on the winners podium later in the evening.
Following the success of last years Pony Show we are delighted to welcome back
Gain Foods on board as a sponsor of this years show and it looks like we will have lots of increased entries in all sections. We also welcome the return of our Welsh pony section with The Welsh Overseas Bronze Medal Classes (the 2nd ever to be held in the West of Ireland and with these medals much sought after, competition should be intense).
We look forward to the addition of another pony ring and to welcome the arrival of a new section to our show ’carriage driving’. Schedules are available to download on the Pony page of our website.
The Best of the West Food Emporium will once again feature all well known artisan food producers in the region and will give those visiting the show an opportunity to taste what is best in the west. Heading up our food emporium will be Chef Johnathan Keane from the Lodge at Ashford Castle and he will be well supported by local chefs from other hotels in and around the village of Cong who will be unveiling ‘Cong Food Village’ at the show.
Cookery demonstrations will take place at 12 noon, 2pm & 3-30 pm on the Flo Gas Stand.
Crafts from within the region will be well represented as well on day and those wishing to avail of the spaces should contact the relevant people listed on our web site www.connachtspringshow.com.
The High Nelly Road Show will also be paying us a visit and will have on display some rare vintage bikes from the past and they will introduce for the first time to Connacht The High Nelly Ice Cream Bike. Also making a first and rare appearance will be The Penny Farthing Bike. To compliment all of this Will Fogarty (Fear Na Coillte) will give a demonstration of wood carvng with a chainsaw. Items which he makes can be purchased on the day.
This years show will feature strongly on a Family Fun Day and will contain lots of novelty events, Bouncing Castles, Bungie Runs, Slides & kiddy Rides and much much more. Further details can be obtained from George on 087 3984090.
There will also a Connacht Tug-Of-War competition with teams competing from all over the province.
Our 5th Annual Connacht Dog Show sponsored by Gain Foods will be of particular interest to dog lovers everywhere as it boasts 25 classes with 1st 2nd & 3rd in all classes. This a perfect opportunity for you to get your dogs ready for the IKC Shows with a good size dog ring which will be on grass.
The Connacht Spring Show promises to be an unforgettable weekend with lots more events to be announced in the coming weeks. Further details on all sections are available our web site www.connachtspringshow.com.
For further information on:
- Trade Stands Contact Ray on 087-2898229
- Machinery Stands: Contact Rachel on 086-0366296
- To book a stand in the Food Emporium contact Rachel on 086-0366296
- General Enquiries to Paddy on 087 2439760 or Peter 087 2038294
- Sheep shearing entries contact Peter 087 2038294
- Sheep show information contact Peter 087 2038294