At the launch of the Iverk Show: Jim Kearns, Deirdre and Sean Phelan, Johnny Maher, John Burke, Anthony Cooney, George Cliffe, Mick Brennan, Brian Blackmore, Liam Kearns, Seamus Fox, Eileen Long
Upon entering the show grounds at the Iverk show in Piltown on Saturday, August 25, the first competitions that you will see are the fruit, vegetables and flowers and traditionally that has been one of the strongest sections in the show.
With the very hot and dry Summer initial indications are that entries will be up to the usual high standard. The winning entries will be perfectly shaped and blemish free. Growing carrots and parsnips up to 600mm long is surely an art in itself.
There are 28 classes for vegetables, eight for fruit and 12 for flowers. The novelty vegetable section sponsored by Piltown Fuels is always amazing. Who can grow the biggest marrow, pumpkin, potato, onion or sunflower seed head?
Last year the winning pumpkin weighed in at around 60 kilograms. Can a new record be set this year?
People are invited to look round their own garden or a friend’s or neighbour’s - they are sure to find some flowers to enter. People will easily find some coloured or tined foliage around the garden or hedgerows and are encouraged to be creative with their entries.
The flower arranging classes are a wonderful interpretation of the themes. This year’s themes include ‘Glory of the Garden’, ‘Just a Few’, ‘And Always There is the Sea’, ‘Harvest Time’ and ‘Small is Beautiful’.
For young people there is the ‘Fairy Garde’ and ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. And their creations are just wonderful.
For anyone interested in entering the competition, all are welcome to exhibit their creations in the various classes at Iverk Show on August 25.
There will be a total of 56 cattle classes on offer this year at the Iverk Show, up from 52 last year. They will be a major attraction to all cattle breeders and exhibitors throughout the country.
The total cattle prize fund has also been increased and amounts to a massive €46,990. Of this, €23,500 will be awarded in the Irish Angus sections.