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Swinford Agricultural Show

It was all action at the Swinford agricultural show last Sunday. Despite the damp weather, there were  sheep,  cattle, horse jumping and a dog show.

We’d missed the poultry show earlier in the day but could still view the varied breeds of ducks, chickens and geese. The geese were handsome and well fed; the cockerels and ducks ranged from handsome to bizarre!

And of course there was the craft and collect tent. Cakes, jams, breads all to make the mouth water.

There were vegetable specimens I could only be envious off, though I could have improved on the apples.

Beautiful crafts by adults and children. I was particularly taken by this doll, who looks the image of our Irish president Michael D Higgins (one on left with tufts of grey hair).

And of course lots of colour in the flower section.

A great way to end the summer holiday.

Swinford Agricultural Show

Agricultural shows are part and parcel of rural Irish life during the summer months. Many large towns in County Mayo have their own show, the better known ones are the Bonniconlon Show and the Ballina Show. This year we went to the Swinford Show. Despite being August it was a cool blustery day.

Agricultural shows are of course great places to see all kinds of tractors – a great attraction for our seven year old!

It was fascinating watching the cows and bulls being washed, shampooed and groomed. People obviously take this very seriously and the animals must look their very best.

Horses, sheep, and goats were all on show and hoping for best in show in their particular category. There was poultry too – many were kept in cages so not good for taking photographs but again some amazing and strange looking creatures.

There are two sides to each show. It is not just the cows and sheep that get prizes. But also the best cake and jam makers too. We did not have time to wait for the marquee area to be opened to the general public. While we were there the judges were hard at work judging the best jams, breads, scones, and fruit tarts, not to mention the best flower arrangements and best vegetables.

A great day out for all the family.