LAST Saturday, July 18 should have been the 53rd Castlewellan Agricultural Show. Usually rows of trailers are being directed into the field from dawn and the gates are lined with visitors, eager to view what is on offer at the annual show. From the sights and tastes of the fine food marquee to the grand parade of prize winning cattle, as well as a host of horse and pony classes for all, there really is something for everyone at Castlewellan Show. From its formation in 1967, the show has only previously been cancelled once, in 2001, in the wake of the Foot and Mouth outbreak in the UK. The 2020 show, due to Covid 19 restrictions, was also cancelled.
The show committee wish to thank most sincerely the many sponsors for their continued generosity and would encourage friends of the show to support these local and national businesses when they can, in what are exceptional times to be trading in.
Castlewellan Show have held amazing equestrian classes over the years, including qualifiers for Dublin Horse Show at the RDS and the Donkey Breed Society (Northern Ireland) National Show. This year’s show would have coincided with Dublin Horse Show, which had moved from their traditional August dates due to the Olympics. This may have impacted on equine entries and spectators – but next year that won’t be an issue and organisers are looking forward to running the usual array of equestrian classes and welcoming horse and pony competitors.
Just nine members of the committee met up at Castlewellan Castle on Saturday, by kind permission, to have a socially distanced tea party, complete with silver teapot, to mark what should have been show day. They all felt a bit sad looking over the fabulous show field that it wasn’t bustling with people and animals. The show will be back next year on Saturday, July 17, 2021 to welcome all visitors from near and far. Hopefully, the world will be a safer place to live in by then, in the meantime stay safe everyone.
Keep up to date via www.castlewellanshow.com or the show Facebook page, which remains a great way to stay connected with friends of the show and organisers have enjoyed interacting with them over lockdown and showtime!