2019 Oughterard Agricultural and Horticultural Show
The one ingredient required in making a successful show, and for which we have no control over, is the weather! After eleven months of planning, the committee was somewhat dubious in the days preceding show day when setting out Corribdale Grounds and the Community Centre. The ever reliable band of volunteers turned out to assist in the preparations and worked steadily, all in the hope that the rain would subside and let the grounds dry out. The forecasters had predicted a good day and were we were not let down.
The lessons the organising committee have learned from previous shows is slowly paying dividends. This year, we saw the return of the Vintage show, the inclusivity of local community voluntary groups, fun activities for the family and an improved layout. Subtle changes, but never the less, they appear to have worked judging by the positive feedback. There is always room for improvement and we welcome comments in this regard.
Domestic Arts section retained its popularity with some fine examples of the talents the residents of Oughterard and Killinan have to offer. Competitive as it is, the high standard deserves praise in layout and the colourful presentation under the stewardship of Regina O’Toole.
The committee worked with Galway County Council, embarking on making the Oughterard Show “Green”. As only the second show in the country to embark on this initiative to date, we are proud to be associated and assist in the piloting of such a worthy program. The measures that were taken were clearly evident during the course of the show with attendees contributing to the tidiness of the grounds as they looked immaculate. The committee looks forward to working with Mark Molloy and Galway CC in this regard and thanks him for his assistants.
The committee have many people to thank in making the 2019 show the success it was. To acknowledge any one particular aspect would be unfair and unjust as collectively the contribution made whether financially, assisting or participating, either exhibitor or competitor is what makes for a good Show Day, but never the less all equally important.
We sincerely thank the community for coming out in supporting this long established cultural event and allowing visitors to Oughterard to witness first hand all we as a community, have to offer.
“Onwards, and upwards” – see you all again in 2020.