Tullow Agricultural Show on this weekend

One of the most established agricultural shows in the country takes place on August 19

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Why not head along to Tullow this Sunday? (Photo credit: Jane Emily)

The Tullow Agricultural Show has something to interest both rural and urban visitors and young and old. It takes place this Sunday at the showgrounds in Coppenagh.

The event on August 19 will feature food and craft halls, trade stands, competitions in horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, flowers, art, photography and much more. 

The full schedule is available on the show's website.

Chairman of the Tullow Agricultural Show, John Nolan, said: "We have classes to suit all ages from cattle to sheep to horses and ponies, to art, flowers, farm produce, home and dairy, photography, crafts and many more.

"I would encourage you to view the schedule and if you see something you like to please make an entry. Again everything you need to know is on this website. I would like to thank our many sponsors for their generosity and I would encourage you to support them as much as you can.

"I would also like to thank the committee and all the voluntary help for their hard work in running this annual event. Tullow Show is a trade show that helps promote local business and in turn, helps build a stronger local economy.

"It is also a family day out with many attractions, such as a Punch and Judy show, dog show, music and much more.

"I want to thank you for taking the time to view this website and I hope to see you in Coppenagh on August 19 where there will be something for everybody."

The first show was held in 1946, in the Gaelic Park, Tullow.

Tullow Agricultural Show had lapsed in 1913 and was revived by the Young Farmers Club. 1200 exhibits, including livestock, bloodstock and home exhibits were presented and judged for the first show.

The day ended with a dance which had an attendance of 500 in the Captain Murphy Memorial Hall in Tullow town. Admission to the dance and supper was ten shillings and dancing went on until daylight. 

The show moved from the Gaelic Park to Youngs of Coppenagh in 1955. This new venue allowed more space for the show to expand and to grow from strength to strength. During the years the show moved with the times.

Many new attractions have been added, though agriculture still remains high on the agenda. The promotion of quality food and crafts feature strongly in recent times, and trade stands provide a colourful display for prospective customers.

The entries have increased to over 3,000 with attendance in the region of 10,000. 

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