Bansha Show maintains proud tradition of Canon Hayes’ community spirit

The 55th Bansha Agricultural & Industrial Show (Affiliated to Muintir na Tire) will be held in Bansha Village on Wednesday, August 24.

The 55th Bansha Agricultural & Industrial Show (Affiliated to Muintir na Tire) will be held in Bansha Village on Wednesday, August 24.

Since Bansha first held its first show in September 1956, the Show has gone from strength to strength. It has developed into a most successful local enterprise encompassing all sections of the community both young and old, embodying the concept “One Happy Family” as expressed by the late John Canon Hayes, founder of Muintir na Tire. Canon Hayes did great work for the parish of Bansha/Kilmoyler. He was one of the main stalwarts who along with other parish members formed the Bansha Show Society in 1956.

The Show has developed through the years thanks to the voluntary work of the local committee and members of the show who continuously support a great tradition in Bansha.

The exhibits are varied and interesting with something to suit everybody. There are classes for Cattle, Ponies, Horses, Sheep, Fruit, Flowers, Vegetables, Home Crafts, as well as Fancy Dress Competitions for the children.

A visit to our Marquee is a must where all our lovely fruit, vegetables, flowers, baking, crafts, photographs, are on display that have been judged the night before.

Our Dog Show always brings large numbers to the rings and is a great chance to see and meet people who love dogs and take great pride in showing them and we also hold our Local Pet Dog Show where non-pedigree dogs big and small can be seen walking around the ring and being judged.

There are also Sheep Dog Trials which is lovely to watch and dog owners can show the audience what skills their dogs have and be judged at the same time.

There are numerous Trade Stands and Exhibitors on the field to attract the public including Bouncy Castles and Children’s Roundabouts which will keep the children happy.

This year Carriage Driving Classes are also in the schedule and it is hoped there will be a lovely display of Horse Drawn Carriages to be seen on the Show Field. There is a big rise in entries already this year and closing date for entries is Wednesday, August 17 and no Late Entries will be accepted after that date.

Many exiles return home year after year for the show and a large attendance is expected again this year. It is a great occasion for families to get together and renew old friendships. Hopefully Canon John Hayes will be smiling down on us and ensure that we get a fine sunny day for the Show.

The Show would not go ahead without the financial contributions of our parishioners and considerable assistance of our patrons, advertisers and sponsors and we therefore would like to express our sincere gratitude for their continuing support.

We would like to thank all the judges who are of the highest calibre and come each year to give of their considerable expertise. On behalf of the Show Committee we would also like to thank Donie and Catherine Hogan, Anne Whyte and Fr. Michael Hickey our Parish Priest for the use of their land where the show is held.

We wish to thank our committee and the numerous voluntary workers and people who appear on the day and help out in any way they can and we appreciate their contribution immensely to the success of the show each year.

We hope that the 55th Annual Show in Bansha will be a very enjoyable day and a celebration of community effort. Why not join us then for a great day’s family entertainment at the Bansha Show on Wednesday 24th August. 2011.