KEY WEST LIVE
at Clonmel Show.....
Competitons on Show Day
1. Best Dressed Lady
2. Bonny Baby Competition
3. Gate Competition
All entries are taken on the day
Other reasons to come to Clonmel Show 2014
live music by Key West
Vintage Tractor Display
Dog and Pet Show
Children's Fun Games
Milk the cow
Returning this Year
€500 Most Appropriately Dressed Lady Competition. Six ladies will be chosen to contest the final of the most appropriately dressed lady competition. The finalists will be chosen as the ladies attired in clothes that best reflect the occasion and the weather. The winner will then be chosen by public ballot, and all the finalists will receive a cash prize.
A Bonnie Baby contest for the bonniest baby under one year of age will also be staged and judged during the afternoon
This year the Donkey Derby will have modified starting stalls in line with health and safety for the riders and their asses. Riders will wear helmets for the first time. Expect a few surprise riders to appear on the day
Championship Rare breeds of sheep and cattle will be on display in special classes organised for them.
Again this year there will be GIY and Organic classes in the horticultural section of the show for the new “grow your own” gardeners
A Display of Vintage cars and tractors will be featured again this year. This was an interesting display last year with the proud owners only too willing to tell people about their own vintage models
The Dog Agility classes will again be featured this year, when many All Ireland championship finals will be decided. These classes will see a variety of trained agility dogs of all sizes and shapes, competing accompanied by their handlers. These handlers must help their animals negotiate see-saws and hurdles, cross dog walks, weave through bending poles and run blind through darkened tunnels, all against the clock. These tests will commence at 9.0am and continue throughout the day. Dogs performing these skills are often featured on television during the world famous annual Crufts’ Dog show in London.
The Food Marquee hosts a display of quality foods produced in the Tipperary area, including both established brands and new products. Show patrons will have the opportunity to sample a range of culinary delights at many of these stands.
The Adult Art competition will be judged before lunch and open to the public from 2.00pm onwards. This year will also feature a qualifier class for amateur artists to an All Ireland Final in Virginia on 22nd August
Abbott-Vascular and Enfer will sponsor the Children’s’ Programme. Every year the children’s’ corner is an oasis for parents – a place for parents to sit and chat with other parents and friends, as their offspring enjoy lambs, calves, bonhams(piglets), kittens, puppies, ducks, hens and ponies. Children will have the chance to hug and hold all these lovely animals. There will be carnival amusements, bouncy castles, face painting, practical art and crafts. Pony and Trap rides will be available for the smaller children from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. All activities in the Childrens’ Corner are free of charge.
The Pet Show will be judged, at 3.00pm, with prizes for every competing child and their pet. There will be special prizes for the best, the smallest, the best mannered, the most unique and the oddest pets. The Muiris Dromey Memorial perpetual cup will be awarded to the best pet in the show. The pet show was the brainchild of Muiris, who started this major attraction more than 25 years ago and encouraged its development in the intervening years. Children and their pets are entitled to free entry to the show-grounds; entries for the pet show will be taken at the Green at 2.30pm. An entry fee of €1 per pet is charged for the Pet Show. There will be a question and answer session about pets and their problems, hosted by a number of local vets after the Pet Show
At 4.45pm the Star Fuels sponsored Personality Donkey Derby will be run off, in two heats and a grand final, over the infamous "Aintree Derby Course!" Again this year the donkeys and riders will start from starting stalls. There is still huge amount of media interest in this unique donkey derby start. Nowhere else in the world do donkeys start a derby from starting stalls! These stalls should lead to a more even break and a fairer start to this year’s hilarious donkey derby. Riders will bravely attempt to stay on board their asses and complete the course. The winning rider will be invited to join the very exclusive "Clonmel Show Sore Asses Club,” of which most previous donkey derby riders have been members, for a few days at least!
This will be the 35th anniversary of the first running of the donkey derby. Special thanks are due to Eddie O’Gorman and his family for their involvement over all those years. The list of riders who participated over the years reads like a whose-who of local & national politics, sport and television, not to mention the occasional Rose of Tralee and Miss Ireland! Rumours are suggesting that some recently elected County Councillors will ride in this year’s derby and a previous winner may return to defend her title
A large display of new cars and 4 x 4s will form part of an expanding trade stands area. There will be a broad selection of companies displaying their wares, with everything from garden essentials to local crafts, new tractors to flavoured milks. The agricultural machinery section in particular promises to be bigger and better than ever. Many of the local car dealers will be showing their new models, likewise the farm machinery manufacturers, all hoping to make a sale!
No show would be complete without the horses and ponies, show jumping, cattle and sheep, home baking and preserves, flowers, vegetables and decorative classes, horticultural photography and art classes. In excess of €45,000 worth of prizes will be keenly competed for in over 200 different classes, championships and national qualifiers.