10th anniversary Claragh Bridge Show resounding success

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Perfect weather conditions ensured that huge crowds attended the 10th anniversary Claragh Bridge cross-community Vintage, Classic & Agricultural Show at Drumaroad on Saturday 27th July. Record numbers of vintage vehicles of various types and visitors attended one of the biggest shows since 2004. People enjoyed a packed day of vintage vehicles and various attractions. Crowds also enjoyed the return of threshing mills and bailers threshing the corn as well as the Blacksmith and the helicopter rides. The 10th anniversary show also hosted a wide range of stalls, community, voluntary and charitable organisations such as PIPS, Mind Your Mate and Donard Marie Curie Fundraising Group as well as trade stands including the country market and craft fayre. The Drumaroad & Clanvaraghan community Association also hosted ‘The community Zone’. The opening of the Blacksmith’s shop on the Ballynahinch Road by Walter Watson and the display of original blacksmith tools was also enjoyed by visitors. Other popular attractions included the annual Tug ‘o’ War competitions as well as the traditional sheep shearing exhibition. There was also throughout the day free children’s entertainment with music and compere for the day provided by Eamon McCann. Claragh Bridge Vintage Club Chairperson Liam Quinn paid credit to the efforts of the committee members and volunteers in organising the show. “It is a great credit to the dedicated voluntary efforts of all involved who worked, planned and organised the show since January to ensure an enjoyable day for all the visitors who attended. “The 10th anniversary show has without doubt been the most successful since 2004 and was attended by large crowds and record entries beating previous years. The weather also played a huge part ensuring people enjoyed the carnival festival atmosphere and wide range of attractions. He added, “Given the present economic climate the show was far beyond the committee’s expectations how successful the show was this year.”
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