Best in Show

Sum­mer Show about to bloom in Cork.

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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.

Pic­ture: Clare Keogh

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.

Pic­ture: Ger McCarthy

Ger Ga­han, An­nMarie Hod­nett, Fiona Con­nolly and Jim Mil­ward pub­li­cise the 208 bus which will run an ex­tended service to the Cork Sum­mer Show.

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