Weather stays perfect for show

Perfect weather conditions ensured best ever crowds for Castlewellan Show with a surge in the afternoon as people made their way over from Scarva.

This year Nick Hewer, best known for The Apprentice and also as presenter of Countdown, visited the Show to assess the task set to make it bigger and better.

BBC’s Karen Patterson was kept busy compering the Magee fashion show and judging some of the exhibits.

There was plenty to do and see right across the fifty acres with large crowds gathered around the dog agility, show jumping and livestock rings.

County Down Young Farmers provided plenty of entertainment with their wellie throwing, tractor driving and several activities involving water.

Compere Raymond Bready provided a great commentary throughout the day culminating with a tremendous interview with Libby Clarke during the cattle parade giving a real sense of what livestock breeding is all about.

New this year was a fashion show and vintage tea tent with four catwalk shows throughout the day.

Delicious food was served by Simply Irresistible catering with the fashion provided by Magee Clothing modelled by a selection of local 
volunteers.

Funds were raised for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

The Show was particularly delighted that the World of Owls was able to attend with some of their birds which were recovered after the recent vandalism. The birds provided by them and the Flying Falcons were a great attraction.

The goats extended to a two day back to back competition which doubled the number of goats across the classes.

After a busy day, new Show Secretary Jackie Fitzpatrick thanked the huge team of volunteers “So many people work hard all year to make this day a great day out for all the family and certainly we succeeded, I’m looking forward to seeing the photos on our website”