A larger than expected crowd, glorious weather and the success of a big screen for Donegal’s game, marked a further key year for the Ardara Show on Saturday. Doubts about the introduction of the huge screen to show the quarter final from Croke Park proved unfounded as over 400 people gathered to watch the game in the sunshine.
In the competitive confined section, the top honour went to Seamus McGlinchy, Glencolmcille, for his champion beef heifer, and he added the reserve champion with a breeding heifer. The champion confined calf went to Stephen McHugh, Portnoo, with the reserve calf to Callum Given, Loughros Point.
In the open section, the champion award went to Robert Cole, Raphoe, exhibiting a beef type heifer. The beef type bullock was won by Martin Quigley, Lifford, and the O’Donnell brothers of Loughill won the pedigree Charolais section.
In the horse classes, the champion horse went to Charmaine Kee, Letterkenny, with the reserve champion to Jim Steele. Winner of the champion pony was Grace Rawdon, Moville,
In the sheep section the Ecofleece and All Ireland Ewe Lamb Final went to Charlie Tinney, Letterkenny, while the champion scotch sheep was won by Philip Faulkner, Redcastle. In the cross-bred class the winner was Christopher Johnson, Raphoe. In the black sheep class of the confined section the winner was Donal Breslin, Ardara, and the cross-bred winner was Stephen McHugh, Portnoo.
Away from the livestock, there was an impressive display by the Mid-West Donegal Vintage Club, a model steam engine and farm display collection, numerous trade stands, birds of prey with Pedro Soltani, and live music.
Marquee and livestock entries this year reached over 1,700, with the marquee packed throughout the day as people queued to see the handicrafts, cookery, photography, toy, craft entries, flowers and vegetable.
Highlighting the afternoon programme were three displays by the Trialstar Motorcycle Team. Corvenieos Entertainments staged magic show and paraded the Minions, The popular fun dog show, sponsored by Pedro Pet Foods, saw over 55 dogs being entered and judged by Frank Carvery of Lifford. Pedro Top Dog, Kevin McDonagh with Max; Dulse and Carrageen Cup, Daniel Hull with Trixie; Woofs and Wags Plaque, Jessica Timoney, with Daisy; Downstrands Cup, Marie McGettigan with Holly.
See this week’s Donegal Post for a full six page special of photo coverage and results from this year's Ardara Show – in shops now!
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