It's that time of year again and so, on behalf of Castlebridge Show Committee and myself, I would like to extend a huge Cead Mile Failte to one and all in this our 78th year. The success of the Show is due in no small way to your tremendous and unfailing support shown to us down through the years and for which we are truly grateful.
The Show is a celebration of community and friendship and it embraces all things traditional. On Show Day the main Exhibition Hall is a tribute to everyone who continue to sow and reap their vegetables, fruit and flowers. The home-baking provides a fine platform for a delicious array of breads, cakes and jams. The art and craft sections reach out to the talented and creative in our community and beyond. The more traditional agricultural produce, such as oats, barley, etc. are also on display - resplendent in perfection and quality. The children's entries are always a sight to behold and reflect their enthusiasm, talent and spirit of competition - a wonderful reflection on themselves, their teachers and their parents. I must not forget to mention our photography section which brings us into the present era of high tech living and beauty.
Show Day is also a family day out with all the usual attractions, children's entertainment, pets corner, bottle stall, tea tent, fancy dress parade. Another highlight of Show Day is our wonderful Dog Show which is held in the afternoon.
In addition to all of that, the Glamorous Granny, Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Gentleman are selected from the attendance on the day.
With all of this in mind, I am confident that this year's Show will be as enjoyable as in previous years, and so, without further ado, I would like to thank the committee, our judges, our sponsors, our exhibitors and supporters and, last but never least, our army of dedicated volunteers who come along each year and without whom
the Show would not go on.
I encourage everyone to participate in the Show in some way and help to keep our traditions alive.