Chairman Tom Acheson was a proud man as he surveyed the wonderful surroundings at Clonmel Show - one of the town’s great natural resources, Powerstown Park, teeming with life and activity, from one end to the other.
And in view of the show’s special anniversary, it was important that everything was a success for exhibitors, trade stands, sponsors and of course, the visitors.
“It is a super show, all the preparations have gone well and everyone is enjoying it. Everything has come together, that jigsaw I spoke about at the civic reception has come together. Our exhibitors are very happy, our trade stands are happy, everyone is doing business”.
Mr Acheson explained why Clonmel Show had lasted 150 years.
“Why has it lasted so long? Tradition is a great thing, and it is very strong in Clonmel. It has lasted 150 years because of continuity. We have three families who have five generations of supporting Clonmel show. They have branched out, introduced new people to it, father to son, and people have always been willing to join the show and lend a hand.
“And no more so than this year when big numbers helped, 40 to 50 people working on the show.
“And also more young people this year which is wonderful and that is our legacy and that is our planning for the future”.
tHE SHOW REMAINS A VERY POPULAR FAMILY DAY-OUT
And he remarked that despite all the counter attractions today, it remains a very popular family day-out.
“People really enjoy the day, you couldn’t invent it, it just comes together and works very well. Town people and country people love it as a fun day out, a family and relaxed day.
“And it doesn’t cost too much money. We have kept the entry fee the same for the past ten years as we are conscious of costs. We want to give something back. We have been doing it for 150 years and will continue to do so”.
Mr Acheson was delighted to welcome Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to Powerstown Park.
“It is very important that the minister visits us and realises the importance of the show. Agriculture is extremely important to the future well being of the country. Indigenous jobs are vitally important and are the potential for further growth”, he remarked.