This year’s Clonakilty Agricultural Show on Sunday, June 7 will be the 100th time such an event has taken place; the first show was held in September 1901 and then annually, with just a few breaks during the Civil War and the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2002.
Traditionally entrants came to the show by rail and the animals would be paraded up through the town to the Show Field, led by a pipe band. To mark the 100th show the parade will be revived on Saturday evening, June 6 at 7pm, beginning at the site of the old railway station (next to the Garda Station). The parade will proceed down McCurtain Hill, along Pearse Street and on to Emmet Square for the official opening of the show.
To bring a bit of colour into the town for the weekend of the show, the Chamber of Commerce has come on board to organise a window and shop front display – the theme of course being the 100th Clonakilty Show. Judging of the window displays takes place on Saturday, June 6 at 3pm. The Chamber have sponsored very generous prizes for the winners, which will be presented at the official opening of the show.