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Corofin Show classes generating huge interest

THE annual Corofin/North Clare Show will be staged in Corofin village on Saturday, July 23. The prize lists have now been circulated, with details of classes for all prospective exhibitors.
“There has been much interest in all areas, which is to be expected when one considers the huge level of participation at last year’s event,” Mary McMahon, the long-standing show secretary said.
Vice-chairperson, James Burke said there has been particular interest in the hall section, which encompasses classes for farm produce, horticulture, home crafts, poultry, eggs, turf and photography.
There are 21 classes to choose from in the flower display events, including potted geraniums, potted roses, hanging baskets and window boxes.
“With such a variety of classes, there is room for one and all to include an exhibit and make Corofin North Clare Show a most memorable experience for all the family,” Mr Burke stated.
The horse-showing classes sport the Irish Draught Foal Championship with a final at Bantry Show for a prize fund of €3,000. There is also prize money of €3,000 for the County Clare Agricultural Brood Mare Championship. The Filly Foal Championship, Red Mills Non Thoroughbred and Two-Year-Old and Three-Year-Old Filly All-Ireland Championship qualifiers will all be contested at this year’s show.
In the vegetable section, classes will include the Bridge Town Collection of Vegetables All-Ireland Qualifier and the Bord Bia All-Ireland Quality Potato Championship Qualifier, with both finals taking place at the Tullamore Show.
There will also be the domestic art championship, which comprises articles in home baking, as well as hand crafts and vegetables.
The dog show, which attracted much interest last year, is again hosting a variety of classes, including any breed puppy led by a child; non-pedigree dog and, the dog I would like to take home.
There are also classes for terriers, collies, gundogs, pointers, setters, spaniels and Labradors. This year, the North Clare Show has been chosen to host two qualifying places for the Puppy Parlour, Kenmare, Munster Dog Championship, with a prize fund of €600. The classes include small dog any breed to be led by a child under 16 years and large dog to be led by an adult. The final will be held in Kilgarvan Show at the end of August.
This year’s show also  includes cattle championships, 18 jumping competitions for horses and ponies, sheep classes, art work, photography, children’s section, donkey section and a host of other special interest areas.
“Bearing in mind the old adage that participation is the key to enjoyment, at Corofin we invite as many entries and competitors as possible for what we know will be a great day for all the family,” concluded Joe Killeen, show chairman.

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