Carn gets ready to celebrate 100th show

All roads lead to Carndonagh tomorrow where the 100th Inishowen Agriculture Show is being held. And show society chairperson, Joanne McConn, is predicting the weather will be good for what is a big day for the local community.

An upbeat Joanne yesterday told the ‘Journal’ there were more than 2,000 entries in 400 classes so it would be a very busy day for all concerned.And, she added, it was about giving families a good day out.

“It’s a great achievement to reach this milestone - 100 annual shows - so we want to make it a day to remember. We really have got something for everyone.

“It really is a credit to the local community that the show is still in existence and growing stronger; there have been a lot of volunteers along the way to ensure that this was the case. I would like to thank everyone who assisted us, particularly all our volunteers and our loyal sponsors and supporters. Without them there simply would be no show.”

Joanne explained that the Inishowen Agriculture Show is still relevant to modern day society.

“I think as we become a more urban society people like seeing and petting farm animals, something their forefathers would have done for generations. . We are having a dog show, a donkey derby, a family pet enclosure and in the afternoon there will be music. They can come along and see cattle, sheep and horses and walk around taking it all in”

The show president said it had been a very busy time for the organising committee.

“We have been working long hours in recent days, and there have been quite a few meetings. My mother used to be involved a lot and when she passed away I joined the committee. I never expected to be chairperson but here I am and it’s just go, go, go. But I think things like are important for a community, it gives all a chance to get out and meet each other. And it gives local farmers a chance to display their wares, so it’s a good platform for them too.”

This year’s special guest are Euro MEP, Marian Harkin, who will perform the official opening, Irish Show Society President, Hugh McArthur, and Irish Show Society Secretary, Michael McHugh.

Admission is 5euro for adults, 3 for children and toddlers are free. There is also a family package.

The proceedings get underway at 10 a.m. and they will be rounded off with a show dance in the Malin Hotel where the music will be supplied by Mick Flavin and his band.

Joanne concluded: “It really will be a good day out - and I’m promising the sun will shine!”