Oldcastle Agricultural Show: A Jam-Packed Programme That Will Leave You Begging for More!

“The 82nd Oldcastle Agricultural Show Promises a Spectacular Lineup of Entertainment and Prizes”
Oldcastle Agricultural Show: A Jam-Packed Programme That Will Leave You Begging for More!

The 82nd Oldcastle Agricultural Show is set to make a triumphant return tomorrow, July 16th, transforming Gilson Park into a bustling hub of activity. This year’s show promises to be bigger and better than ever, featuring a star-studded lineup including YouTube sensation Farmer Phil and singing sensation Fr. Ray Kelly. Local musicians, line dancing, and Irish dancing will also be on hand to entertain the crowds.

With over 380 classes in the cattle, sheep, horse, poultry, and home industry competitions, there is ample opportunity for participants to win substantial prize money. The best young farmer competition, sponsored by Clarke Machinery Group, will be a highlight of the day, with the winner being crowned at the show. This contest is open to 16 to 21-year-olds and will test their knowledge of general agriculture as well as their livestock and tractor skills.

In addition to the young farmer competition, there will be other exciting prizes up for grabs. The winner of the Oldcastle All-Ireland Final Young Beef Bullock Championship, sponsored by Carnaross Marts, will walk away with a prize fund of €1,500. The Traditional Meat Company, Oldcastle, is sponsoring the new Champion Continental Bullock or Heifer Class, which boasts an enviable prize list. UTV star James Alexander, of Jalex Modifications and Accessories, is sponsoring the new class, Jalex Heifer of the Future, with a prize fund of €600.

The North East Texel Society will also be holding its Club Championship at the Oldcastle Agricultural Show, sponsored by Univet. New Beltex and Blue Texel classes will be featured, adding to the excitement of the day.

The Oldcastle Agricultural Show is renowned for its impressive rings for working and ridden horse and pony classes. This year, there will also be a family riding pony ring, ensuring that everyone can get in on the equestrian action. For those looking for something a little different, the ‘Greatest Cockrel of Oldcastle’ competition is sure to cause a stir, while the new goat classes are expected to attract a lot of attention.

Automobile enthusiasts will be delighted by the range of vintage tractors and machinery on display, including vintage threshers. For those with an appreciation for art, Joey Burns will be showcasing his sculptural wood art, while Sandra Coote from Crafts of Ireland will be demonstrating wool crafts using wool from her family’s native Roscommon sheep.

Visitors to the show can also enjoy tastings and peruse a wide array of trade stands. And for the little ones, there will be free children’s entertainment, including a pet farm, face painting, kids races, and a country life corner.

Admission for adults is €10, with OAPs and students admitted for €5. Children can enter free of charge. Don’t miss out on this exciting day of agricultural fun and entertainment at the Oldcastle Agricultural Show.