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Large crowds flock to Connacht Spring Show

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Large crowds flock to Connacht Spring Show

Ciara Galvin

THE weather held just long enough on Sunday as close to 5,000 people attended Ballinrobe Racecourse for this year’s Connacht Spring Show.
The heavens opened as proceedings of the fifth annual show came to a close with sheep shearers rounding off matters shortly after 7pm after a long day of activities.
Action got under way at the award winning racecourse at 8.30am as expert shearers took the stage, while the young and not so young put the finishing touches to their baked goods which were later auctioned for charity.
Organiser Paddy Rock said he and the organising committee were ‘very pleased’ with the day and cited the inclusion this year of antique carriages as one of the highlights.
“There were some carriages that dated back to the 1890s and it was a nice touch that they were brought past the winning post and the crowds learned where they came from and how old they were,” said Mr Rock.
Another novel addition to this year’s show was the ‘50 Bales of Hay Challenge’, a play on words of this year’s cult film ‘50 Shades of Grey’, the competition saw teams moving bales of hay from one point to another in the fastest time possible.
Along with this, 14 tractors arrived at the show from Seán Kelly’s butcher in Newport,  each delivering produce for award winning chef Jonathan Keane to rustle into a delectable meal at the challenge of the Newport butcher.
Speaking to The Mayo News about the day Racecourse Manager John Flannelly said the day was a success for not only showcasing the course’s facilities, but also for the local economy.
“It has opened it up to people who wouldn’t normally go racing and it’s great for the locally economy with so many people moving around,” said Flannelly.
Organiser Rock said the show attracted visitors from across the country including Limerick and Waterford and that the committee will build on this year’s show’s success for 2016.