Torrential rain greeted visitors to the Kildare Growers’ Show for part of the first day — despite the weather forecasts predicting sun and showers.
The downpour sent many outside stand-holders scurrying for shelter wherever they could find it — even with rival companies.
Those sited nearest the exhibition hall were able to shelter and take advantage of an unexpected chance to look at the offerings of their more fortunate competitors and colleagues inside.
Though the day remained damp, the weather more than made up for it the next day when blazing sunshine made sure the crowds came out in force.
The show, held on 29-30 July, has been running since 1985 and is the biggest in Ireland. It was held at a new venue this year, the Punchestown Event Centre at Naas.
Almost 200 exhibitors took part and there was general agreement that companies had made an extra effort to mark the new venue after 14 years at Goff’s Paddock at Kill.
Speaking at the launch of the show, Bord Bia horticultural director Michael Maloney said: “This is Ireland’s premier horticulture trade event for the nursery stock industry.
“There has been a significant improvement in the range and quality of plants on offer in recent years attracting buyers from garden centres in Ireland and the UK.”
Maloney was chief executive of the Irish horticultural board — Bord Glas, which recently merged with Bord Bia, the Irish food board.
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