The morning programme comprises of our cattle, sheep, horses, ponies, poultry, and home industries, exhibits and judging. Our afternoon programme has fun and entertainment for all the family that is our dog show, bonny baby, fancy dress, luncher racing, speed sherring, and novelty sheep racing with lots more to see and do in our show field.
The North Sligo Agricultural Show has a long tradition within the local community. The first North Sligo Agricultural Show actually took place on Wednesday, September 12, 1945. However, due to the ‘foot and mouth’ crisis a few years ago, the annual show had to be cancelled. During 1945 Grange village was very much isolated and had no running water or electricity. There were very few cars or tractors. Nevertheless the first show attracted 1,150 entries. There were up to 100 classes for fruit, vegetables, flowers, agricultural produce, woodwork, homecrafts, knitting, needlework, crochet, poultry and eggs, cattle, horses, sheep and donkeys. Since then the show has grown from strength to strength, which has been possible through local community support and participation of volunteers.
Many agricultural shows have run into difficulties in recent years, with some disappearing altogether, but the North Sligo event is continuing to be run very successfully. Last year’s show attracted a great attendance and the committee are hoping that mild weather and the great Jimmy Buckley can bring an equally big crowd this year.