Thousands showed up for the 58th annual Bansha show that holds a place in many hearts as one of the family social events of the year.
It’s a time for families and friends to catch up on the news, to ask.. “Are you well” “How’s the family?” and for mini-reunions to unfold with tales from the past, anecdotes and “do you remember whens?”. Children run around enjoying the freedom of the field, having a go at the fair attractions and eating Taytos and ice-cream. This year’s Bonny Baby competition was very popular with the Pride of Tipperary Tracey Barron making the difficult decision of the overall winner. The little, gleaming, sparkly trophies kept the attention of the babies whilst mothers fixed their clothes and made them giggle. The children’s fancy dress competition was a hoot and great fun with colourful costumes and smiley faces and during the afternoon songs from The Porter Boys band kept everyone’s toes tapping.
In the main marquee, the aroma of sweetness and meadows filled the senses near the beautiful flower categories and the sight of scrumptious cakes in the baking section created false hungers and longing for sugar satisfaction. Little ones peered into the Logo section wondering, “if only I could get near it and play with it” whilst adults peered at the adult art entries promising themselves to take up lessons or start a new hobby. In quiet moments whilst life went on, hundreds of embroidery stitches finally came together to create impressive picture scenes that were entered into the embroidery competition and gardening enthusiasts enjoyed giving their opinions on which fertilizer and the acidity of soils needed to grow such wonderful vegetable on display.
Outside, wondering what all the fuss was about but enjoying all the attention, the dogs taking part in the dog show obediently followed orders and strutted around the parade ring giving side glances to their competitors with a worried look, wondering if their owners would still love them anyway even if they didn’t get a rosette.
The sheep, with their general disinterested look, were carefully judged and sorted into winners whilst the bulls, standing large and handsome did their owners proud.
An air of great excitement and nervous anticipation surrounded the pony classes as young adults competed for prizes and the popular Driving Carriage Class satisfied many spectators.
Second and third generations enjoy the Bansha show... congratulations to the committee, volunteers and the large community effort involved in creating memories each year for families far and wide, who put the third Wednesday in August on their new calendars every year.