Inclement weather conditions fails to dampen Athlone Agri Show spirit

A working hunter horse preparing for action at the Athlone Agri Show which took place in Baylin on Sunday

A working hunter horse preparing for action at the Athlone Agri Show which took place in Baylin on Sunday

Despite incessant inclement weather, the annual Athlone Agri Show, an exhibition of farming pride, took place in Baylin on Sunday.

Athlone Agri-Show continues to provide a vast range of competitions, which included All Ireland cattle, sheep, horse and pony classes during the course of the rain sodden day. There were also sheepdog trials demonstrations during what was an activity laden event.

Boasting a Midlands food village, trade stands dotted the venue with local artisans displaying both local and international cuisine, while live music entertainment provided by John Molloy’s Band and the Celtic Blondes.

Speaking this week, committee member, Deirdre Moxham, acknowledged that show competition entrants were particularly impressed with the venue layout.

“Although the day was disappointingly wet, there were a good level of entries for all animal competitions especially in the horse show. There was positive feedback regarding the layout of the show areas with the route to the venue well signposted in advance,” Deirdre remarked.

Pertaining to the poor weather which effected footfall, Deirdre noted that numbers in attendance availed of the many show attractions.

“Weather was very disappointing for all those volunteers involved in the running and planning of the show, but the weather is outside our control. Limited numbers attended the show which started at 10am, and concluded with the horse show at 08.30pm.

“There were a great range of trade stands including artisan food stands in the food village area, with live music, courtesy of John Molloy’s Band and Irish dancing by the Celtic Blondes which entertained an enthusiastic audience in the late afternoon despite the rainfall,” Deirdre concluded.

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