SLIDESHOW: Rain fails to dampen spirits at Castlewellan Show

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Castlewellan Show continues to be a jewel in the crown of local agriculture, attracting thousands of exhibitors and spectators from the island of Ireland and further afield.

Saturday’s 48th annual show was no exception, with visitors impressed by the spacious and idyllic forest park setting, and the action-packed itinerary which offered an array of activities and attractions for all ages.

Show secretary Jackie Fitzpatrick was delighted with the success of the one-day show. “The show is going from strength-to-strength, and entries this year are on a par with previous shows. Agriculture remains at the core of the event, with more than 4,000 entries catalogued in the equine, cattle, sheep, goat, pig and poultry classes.

“We had a few showers throughout the day, but the crowds have been pouring into the showgrounds from early morning, and everyone is in good spirits and enjoying the day out.”

Popular attractions included vintage tractors, archery, a dog agility display, a variety of rural pursuits, and the colourful and imaginative scarecrows competing in the family-fun competition. The Johnny and Molly Show proved to be a crowd-puller, while the younger visitors enjoyed the pet show and amusements.

Ladies from the Lisburn branch of Save the Children were serving vintage-style afternoon tea, while a host of tasty treats were available in the gourmet food marquee.

Caylan Hylands with her prizwinning sheep at Castlewellan Show. Picture Kevin McAuley/ McAuley Multimedia

Caylan Hylands with her prizwinning sheep at Castlewellan Show. Picture Kevin McAuley/ McAuley Multimedia

Henrietta Hunter was the winner of the best dressed lady competition, with the award for the best dressed man going to Joseph Connolly.

Photographer Ryan McDonald was on hand to catch this footage from the Castlewellan Show just before the rain began. For further information on Ryan click on http://www.ryanmcdonaldphotography.net