Best in Show
Summer Show about to bloom in Cork.
For those who may have missed the Bloom Festival in Dublin, don’t be disappointed.
Pop along to Cork Summer Show next weekend where the Munster Agricultural Society has ambitions to grow into the Bloom of the South.
The committee has added a horticulture area in the spacious Curraheen Showgrounds, west of the city, with planned demonstrations on grow it yourself, talks on beekeeping and more, as well as a special garden, created by Down syndrome charity, Field of Dreams.
The site, just off the CorkMacroom road, is dissected into 11 zones, from livestock to a pet’s corner, fashion to food and drink, retail to a garden showcase and many others including a kids’ zone.
As a traditional agricultural spectacle, it’s one of the longest-running in the country, remaining a key event on the farming calendar.
It will have one of the country’s largest and most impressive ranges of livestock including cattle, sheep, poultry, and goats, as well as rare breeds and pets.
Cattle and poultry showing classes are on Saturday next while sheep, goats and pig showing classes are on Sunday.
The rare breeds display and Petting Farm is open both days. “We are really excited about the addition of the Pig Showing Classes this year and there will be Pig Agility displays both days at the Show,” a spokesperson said.
And apart from the livestock, there’s going to be lots of fun, and style, at the show.
A new fashion zone is added and stylish country glam is promised with best dressed events and live catwalk shows featuring many of Munster’s top boutiques.
The summer show set-up will not disappoint, the organisers insist, with regular events such as live music, vintage vehicles, craft beer tents and the Taste Cork Food market.
Meanwhile, in the garden showcase zone, Floral Art is also a new addition to the schedule with several talks and flower arranging demonstrations.
The Association of Ireland Floral Artists (AOIFA) will be adjudicating floral competitions for every level from novice to advanced, across a number of themes and categories.
As always, there will be an eclectic mix of competitions at the show from Best Scarecrow to Odlums All Ireland Home Baking Championship Qualifier across Cake, Loaf, Round categories.
There will also be awards and prizes for best marma- lade, jam, lemon curd and chutney, best brown soda, cupcake, rocky road and caramel slice not to mention best needlework, crochet and knit.
Pet dogs are also welcome at the show but on a leash. A dog show will run both show days, with the entry fee of €2 going towards Pieta House.
Munster Agricultural Society chairman Gerard Murphy pictured with Lia O’Toole and Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley, in advance of the Summer Show.
Ger Gahan, AnnMarie Hodnett, Fiona Connolly and Jim Milward publicise the 208 bus which will run an extended service to the Cork Summer Show.