The Iverk Show proved as popular as ever today with thousands attending what many regard as the best agricultural show in the country.
And the stunning Sarah Cass from Gowran outshone most others after sweeping the title of best dressed lady at the Piltown show grounds. The show organisers ran out of programmes, for the first tine ever as people streamed in from all over the south east to see a range of food, craft and machinery exhibits and to take part in the various competitions.
As usual the Great Cherry Cake competition provided plenty of drama. There was consternation when someone made a complaint to the judges about the size of the cherries used in the cake baked by Bernie Meaney from Fethard, Co. Tipperary who won. In second place was a man, Alan Walton from Thomastown while third place went to Aisling Maher of Bennettsbridge.
For the first time, the show president, Joe Malone from Belline was not present. He is recovering from illness at Waterford Regional Hospital and is expected home in the coming days. His wife Elizabeth, who was in charge of the livestock rings at the show was inundated with people asking for Joe who has bene at the heart of the Iverk Show for a long time.
One of the most popular stands was the Aldi “store” where Internet star and Aberdeen Angus beef producer, Richie O’Gorman, from a few miles up the road, was present.
People queued for samples and signed up for competitions.
Liam Aylward MEP, from close by Hugginstown, was at the Fianna Fail tent serving tea and sandwiches. He said that the secret of Iverk’s success was the work ethic of the committee and the willingness of everyone in the community to work as hard as they could in a voluntary capacity.