It is many years since I have taken part in this type of show, in fact well over forty years, but urged on by our local Sein Fein councillor we decided we would enter some of the classes, as he rightly said, if people don't support these shows they could not afford to put them on and it is a community thing. Each class that you enter costs three euros, first prize is twelve euros, second prize is six euro, it does make it worthwhile to enter, this is on the Home Produce and Craft section. We did not enter any of our poultry as we are always worried about disease from other birds, neither did we enter any of the egg sections,( some washed eggs here, a definite no no) we were curious to see what the standard was like, the same went for individual vegetable categories,
|Our onions which we should have entered, plus this years garlic.|
|Good enough to eat.|
|My entry got me a first.|
We were very disappointed to see that there were no entries for the junior baking class, (under eighteen) maybe the young really don't cook anymore.
It was interesting but overall the standard was not as good as you would see in the UK shows where competition is fierce, unlike the shows in the UK there is no section for Runner beans, French Beans, Cucumber Marrow or Courgettes, it also confirmed what we had long suspected, not too many people grow their own veg, or if they do they don't enter them into shows.
There was a pets section put on by a local pet farm for the children,
The whole show was very well attended so the organisers should be able to hold it again next year, last year it was cancelled due to lack of funds.
A very enjoyable day and the sun shone.