THERE was a feeling of Glastonbury about the festival of farming, food and fun that was Omagh Show 2019 on Saturday.
Record crowds which thronged to local agriculture’s showpiece occasion included a number of top TV celebs. Many of the attractions within the purpose built site were covered by marquee after marquee, queues formed from morning to night at a plethora of stalls, side shows and refreshment outlets and the music wasn’t half bad either as leading female country star Cliona Hagan had punters foot-tapping in the aisles and jiving the afternoon away at the Drumquin Road showgrounds.
And there wasn’t a pair of wellies to be seen anywhere! No sir, wall-to-wall sunshine and bright blue skies added to the party atmosphere and allowed the occasion to sparkle in all its glory.
On days like Saturday there’s no place like Omagh Show. So said TV celebs Bobby and Lynda, the stars of the BBC’s ‘There’s No Place Like Tyrone’ series which was aired just last month.
Lynda’s aged Oxford Down ewe was selected champion in the Rare Breeds sheep section and after the serious business of showing sheep the TV personalities took time out from signing autographs and having their photos taken with their many admirers to speak exclusively to the Tyrone Herald.
And not surprisingly the fun-loving double act gave the farming spectacular a big thumbs up.
“It’s a great show and we haven’t seen the half of it,” said Bobby.
“It’s better this year than it’s ever been,” added Dunmullan native Lynda.
“There are well over 1,000 sheep, that’s the biggest ever. It’s one of the strongest sheep shows in the North outside Balmoral.”
The 179th show, of course, was about so much more than showing sheep and talking to celebrities. There was something for everyone, everything from livestock to equestrian competition, vintage vehicles to quad racing, home industries to arts and crafts including those wonderful creations by local schoolchildren, dog shows to fashion shows and, of course, food glorious food.
It was a day for ice cream, sun cream and fresh cream, lashing of the best of home made stuff on scones, deserts, and, just like at Wimbledon, on strawberries.
The hum of conversation in Broderick’s Bar at the close of play indicated a sense of huge satisfaction and suggested that organisers had, more than ever, served up another ace production.