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65th Anniversary of Bonniconlon Show
This year Bonniconlon Agricultural Show & Gymkhana celebrates 65 years since its establishment. The event, now recognised as one of the most successful argi events in the country, attracts in the region of 30,000 people annually, and this year will be extra special as it marks 65 successful years. Bonniconlon Show was founded in 1949 to facilitate an exhibition event of all farm and garden produce, animals (including horse and pony show and jumping) and crafts; as well as attracting visitors to the north Mayo village to create a meeting point for exiles to gather and to see again the cultures and traditions of rural life.
New location huge success for Bonniconlon Show
THE 2008 Bonniconlon Agricultural Show & Gymkhana saw the event move to a new location which facilitated the biggest and best show to date. The new show-field and parish centre, approximately 500 metres along the Attymass Road sees the show extend over a 200-acre area which facilitates a host of exhibitions, classes, attractions, and live entertainment. Four new access points also mean the location lends itself to greater entry and exit routes for exhibitors and show-goers alike. Chairperson John O'Hara said the 2008 change of location was a huge success for the organising committee: "Making a change such as this was a big upheaval at the beginning as it involved a lot of planning and organisation, on top of the normal workload. The community and the committee worked together and I am delighted to say the new location worked fantastically well in its inaugural year. We now have more space, a greater facility and greater access for show-goers."
All-Ireland finals for Bonniconlon
BONNICONLON Agricultural Show & Gymkhana this year presents a host of All-Ireland Finals.
In conjunction with the Irish Shows Association (ISA), the 2013 Bonniconlon Show Ltd All-Irelands include:
- The All Ireland Junior Commerical Calf Championship
- The All-Ireland Senior Commercial Calf Championship
- The Irish Draught 3 Year Old R.I.D. Mare
- The Pony Broodmare 3 Year Old & Over Championship
- Business Supplies All-Ireland Ewe Final.
- The All-Ireland Domestic Arts Championship.
- The All-Ireland Poultry Final.
- The National Sheep Championship Final.
- The Dog Safe Fence Connacht Championship.