There was great excitement and fun to be had at the 59th Bansha show with the warm sun emerging about 1.30pm pm as the field filled up with family and friends, some of whom had returned home from abroad specially.
At the entrance, the large tent full of cakes, crafts, flowers and artwork welcomed you inside where the most beautiful scents from the most beautiful perfect flowers seduced your senses.
Gorgeous looking cakes, buns and perfect loaves of bread tempting you to eat them were cleverly protected behind screens.
There were amazing Lego creations in the kids sections and some very clever creative pieces made out of plasticine in the craft section including gardens and a fish in a fish tank.
There was serious primping and pampering going on around the cattle categories with the washing and brushing of coats to ensure the animals looked their best.
The farmers looked very serious standing around the prize-giving cattle rings; some with one eye closed, sizing up the judges and hoping for a good result.
Bulls the sizes of small cottages stood regal and proud with one eye on the ladies.
The sheep had a lot to say this year.
Mainly they were talking about the recent bush fires on the Galtees with the drama queens gossiping about their near-death experiences and others complaining about serious smoke inhalation.
In the horse and pony categories the handsome horses glistened in the sunlight standing tall and proud beside their owners.
The horse and carriage show brought in a big crowd and the young riders in the pony categories looked smart in their horse riding jackets and headgear.
Amongst the increasing crowd, minions, chefs, cowboys, transformers and princesses gathered around the fancy dress competition judged by our new Pride of Tipperary Sarah Dillon.
Happy kids lined up to show off their costumes and event bigger smiles emerged when the trophies were handed out.
The bonny baby show brought many â€˜ahhs and oohsâ€™ from the crowd with Erin Oâ€™Malley, granddaughter of Dawn Oâ€™Malley, Tipperary town, winning the overall bonny baby competition.
The great atmosphere continued as the Footloose band played toe-tapping music entertaining people who met old family friends and enjoyed the sunshine. And did I mention the star of the showâ€¦ a little piggy that wondered freely around digging here and there on a walk-about from the animal farm display. He was a real hit with the kids.
Well done to all the organisers and committee on another successful year of one of the most important events on the Bansha calendar year.