Limerick Show 2018 launched on August 7, 2018. Pictured: Beibhinn Haren, Ms Limerick, Donie O’Connor, Event Manager, Sean and Melissa Shiels and Jack O’ Connor, Social Media Manager. Photo: Baoyan Zhang/ ilovelimerick
The Limerick Show 2018 promises to be a top class event
By ilovelimerick Correspondent Cathal Doherty
The Limerick Show launch event was held in the AIB bank on O’Connell Street last night where news on the upcoming show was proudly shown by the organisers of the event.
The Limerick Show 2018 will be held on August 26, 2018, in the Limerick Racecourse and promises to be a roaring event. Up to 15,000 visitors, 1000 competitors and 150 trade exhibitors will descend on the racecourse to experience a unique event which aims to bring the people of Limerick City and County together.
“We have a fantastic programme laid out for the day with entertainment free of charge for the kids but unfortunately we’re clashing with the Pope but I wish him all the best and I hope he has a pleasant visit,” Leo Walsh, president of the Limerick Show told ilovelimerick.
A new addition to the Limerick show this year is the Limerick Show food village, which will showcase the very best of local produce and is sure to be a feast for the senses. Discover your inner foodie by exploring the delights on offer including gourmet sausages, grilled meats, artisan cheese, handmade chocolates and more. Chairman of the Limerick Show and Deputy President of the IFA, Richard Kennedy explains the importance of the bond between farmers and foodies.
“Limerick Show has always been about showcasing the very best of Limerick and the surrounding areas. This year, we’re delighted to shine a spotlight on local producers, many of whom use locally sourced ingredients from the farming community. The link between farmers and food producers is a very important one that should be nurtured.”
The Limerick Show is renowned for showcasing the best of Irish horse breeding. This year is no exception as one of the special features is a Festival of Irish Breeding presented by the Traditional Irish Horse Association. This incorporates the famous Limerick Lady and Marathon Championships. The TIHA Hunter Equitation class makes a return this year. This is aimed at encouraging a higher standard of production of traditionally-bred horses aged five and upwards.
In addition to the diverse agricultural programme, there are lots of new family-friendly additions to the show for free. The infamous Kids Zone makes a welcome return with free kids entertainment including bouncy castles, face painting, juggling workshops and an animal farm. If the little ones get tired they can hop on the kiddies train and catch a lift around the showgrounds. Kids under 12 get free entry to the show so there really is no excuse to leave the kids at home.
Limerick City and County are being represented by Heritage, Culture and Tourism. We have West Limerick Heritage Society, West Limerick Tourism, Ballyhoura, Lough Gur and the Hunt Museum. We have a number of people coming dressed in Medieval costume. There is also a Business Hub and a Parade by the C.B.S Pipe Band. Music Generation are performing and Sean O’Dowd will play live together with a jiving competition.
The family Dog Show is always a star attraction on the day starting at 1 pm. Visitors can shop to their heart’s content at the indoor and outdoor retail village, artisan food stalls, farm machinery and more. There will be a range of music and dance attractions on the day. Other attractions include show jumping, sheep, goats, poultry, craft, art, photography, baking classes and horticulture exhibits.
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