The free “KidsZone” was bigger than ever with a secure and fully supervised area consisting of 10 totally free inflatables such as the Hip Hip Hippo Dome, Thunder Truck Obstacle Course and the Bungee Run! Throughout the day the superstars of Irish Wrestling entertained kids and adults alike. Free face painting was available and there was also a play area with free toys for younger children.
The livestock section was the biggest to-date with 90 cattle and sheep classes and a total pot of €18k in prize money, with four classes having first prizes of €500 cash! There are also new classes for Salers and Parthenaise breeds, plus a new Best Trio in Show class. In the sheep section, exhibitors will compete in ewe, lamb, hogget and ram classes with a highlight being the Champion Zwartbles.
For equestrian lovers, there was a fantastic Dualla Show Grand Prix showjumping event running alongside all the usual SJI classes and the always popular Sportsman (amateur hunter) classes.
In the horse showing section there were 18 in-hand classes (no ridden horse showing classes) including a rescue class, plus new classes for registered Connemara mares and foals. There’s also increased prize money across all showing classes this year.
The incredible Tipperary Truck Show was back again with 380 trucks making their way to Dualla. Two new classes were included in the form of Best Small Fleet (2-5 vehicles) and Best Fleet (6+) in addition to the existing rigid, vintage (pre-1990) and custom classes.
A brand new part of the 2016 show was the fashion event. The theme was high-end fashion and country clothing and took place in a large marquee showcasing styles from some of Ireland and UK’s best fashion houses such as Holland and Cooper, Fairfax and Favour and South West Ten. An adjoining “fashion village” had stands exhibiting makeup and cosmetics, health and beauty products, jewellery and crafts.
Another new event was the “show’n’shine” VAG Carfest – a dedicated Volkswagen Audi group car show that also includes Seat, Skoda and Porsche cars. This brought in over 50 entries and was a great opportunity to see some of the best in highly modified cars.
As usual there were the regular thrills of the modified tractor pulling, competitive tug of war, auction, vintage machinery display, trade stands, artisan food stands and an impressive crash response re-enactment by Tipperary Emergency Services.
The dog show was the biggest to date with classes open to all canines (mutt and pedigree) and two judges on the day to help get through the large number of entrants after things got a bit congested last year.
A special attraction on the day was six-time Irish trial-bike champion Andy Perry and his team of “trialstars” who performed feats of bravery riding motorcycles over a special Dualla Show obstacle course.
The show’s fantastic success over the past number of years have raised much needed money for local charities and community groups. The beneficiaries of the 2016 show are as follows:
- Cashel Community School
- Wee Peter Heart Fund
- Boherlahan Juvenile GAA
- Order of Malta
- Cashel RFC
- Boherlahan Senior Citizens
- Newpark Riding Club
- Dualla NS Parents Assoc