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Animal tails and tall tales at annual Castlewellan agri-show

By Julie Hazelton

Castlewellan was a hive of activity as thousands of visitors descended on its forest park for the 47th annual agriculture show.

In addition to the one-day event, the Co Down village was hosting the Soma festival, featuring Irish and international musicians and storytellers.

"It has been a busy weekend in Castlewellan," said show chairperson Michelle McCauley. "Our show is bigger and better than ever, and its popularity has increased thanks to the publicity from Nick Hewer's Farm Fixer series broadcast last year.

"I am delighted to report that our livestock entries have increased, and that we have secured a number of new gold and silver sponsors. Trade stand space is completely sold out, and new attractions at this year's show include classes for rabbits, the Irish Moiled cattle junior championship, and the Hampshire Down national championships. We've also introduced a section for Vendeen sheep, a breed which originates from France."

Throughout the day visitors were treated to an array of activities which included showjumping, spinning, threshing, vintage tractors, a dog agility demonstration, and a fashion show. Younger visitors enjoyed the pet show and amusements, and the line-up of colourful and imaginative scarecrows entered in the family-fun competition.

Agriculture remains at the forefront of Castlewellan Show, with more than 4,000 entries taking part in the show's scheduled classes for horses, cattle, sheep, goats and poultry.

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