Organisers of the 51st annual Roscommon Ag Show have, this afternoon (Monday, August 21st, 2023) set a new date as Saturday, September 16th, 2023 for this year’s event.
On the morning of show day on Saturday, August 19th, in light of the aftermath of Storm Betty, organisers postponed the show.
In a statement on Saturday morning, a spokesperson said:
“Due to adverse weather conditions out of our control and for health and safety issues, we have to postpone our show today.”
“After consultation with the ISA, we will reschedule. We will keep everyone up-to-date shortly. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
There is a range of classes for horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, poultry, pets, farm and garden products, arts and crafts, cooking, photography, and a dog show planned for Hannon’s Grounds, Athlone Road.
We have reviewed the pre-show schedule and list the following as some (but not all) of the event’s highlights – you can see the schedule on the show’s official website:
- Roscommon Irish Draught Yearling Filling Championship – sponsored by Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon – prize fund of €2,000;
- Roscommon Foal Championship – €3,000 in prize money;
- The Irish Draught Colt Foal Championship – €1,000;
€1,200 Roscommon Irish Draught Foal Championship, HIS sponsored;
- €1,000 Roscommon Breeders Broodmare with Foal at foot, judged 60/40;
- €27,000 Aldi Irish Angus All-Ireland Bull Calf Championship 2023, in association with ABP & Irish Angus Cattle Society – Read more in this news article;
- ISA/DAFM Breeder’s Choice Continental 4 or 5-star Breeding Heifer;
- €1,000 All-Ireland True & Rare True Bantam Breeding Pair Chicken Championship Final;
- €500 All Ireland Soft Feather: Heavy Breeding Pair Chicken Championship Final;
- €500 Quality Onion All-Ireland Championship.
Livestock and other categories
Classes for pedigree cattle include Limousin, Shorthorn, Hereford, Angus, while there are also categories for non-pedigree Charolais, Belgian Blue, Limousin, bull calves, heifer calves, and heifer or bullock or any breed or any age, and stock handlers.
In the sheep section, there will be classes for Suffolk, Galway, Charollais, Vendeen and Texel, along with a host of classes for cross-bred ewe hoggets, ewes for breeding, ewe lambs, ram lambs ect.
The fowl section contains classes for the best furry pet, best large male fowl, best large female fowl, best female Bantam, best male Bantam, best large male Waterfowl and best large female Waterfowl.
Meanwhile, the Roscommon dog show has 25 classes, ranging from best groomed dog, best Border Collie, best Rough Collie, Best Terrier (except Jack Russell), gents, handling, ladies handling and most obedient/best trick, among others.
The champion dog of the show will receive the Annette Tully and Irene Hanlon Perpetual Cup and €150 in prize money.
The home industries section, on the other hand, has classes for the best five potatoes for table use: round, the best five potatoes for table use: kidney, best two turnips, best two beetroots, best two carrots, best bale of fresh hay, best bale of fresh straw, the best four sods of turf, among others.
Other categories include an egg section, flower arranging, baking – primary school and post-primary school and adult, jams and jellies, arts, and crafts – primary school, post-primary school and adults and also art and photography, junior art – under 10, 10-18 years and adults.
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