Stewards Night 2012 - Glamorous Grannies steal the Show!
The Annual Stewards Night was hosted by the Executive Committee in the Bridge House Hotel last Friday night. A large crowd of 550 attended the evening event. The annual event is a small token of thanks organised by the Executive Committee for the some 450 stewards who assist with the Tullamore Show in various capacities each year. The night also saw the Glamorous Granny Competition with Mrs Phil Rigney winning the coveted prize sponsored by Cahills Jewellers.
4th September 2012
The evening opened with a few words from Chairman George Gill, who expressed his sincere thanks for the work and effort that goes into the show by the hundreds of volunteers. The Bridge House would have been forgiven for feeling the pressure as 550 descended on the hotel for a beautiful three course meal, but as ever the staff managed the event with the utmost professionalism and efficiency.
Following the meal, Show Secretary Freda Kinnarney and Chairman George Gill distributed the very generous prizes for the raffle. Prizes included everything from flatscreen TVs and hand-crafted garden furniture to wine and chocolates.
The Glamorous Granny Competition was the highlight of the evening. At the beginning of dinner guests were invited to nominate entrants for the Glamorous Granny competition with nomination cards on every table. Christy Maye and Johnny Butterfield did a fantastic job interviewing contestants on the night and made a great duo. Ten candidates were interviewed and the judges compromised of George Gill (Show Chairman), Carmel Duffy (Fashion: Head of Section), Bernie Finlay (former contestant) and George Griffith (2011 Gracious Grandfather).
Ten contestants interviewed and entertained the crowds with jokes and song, but in the end, the coveted prize sponsored by Cahills Jewellers went to Mrs Phil Rigney from Kinnity. Mrs Rigney won an exquisite crystal vase. Runner up on the evening was Mrs Margaret Smith from Daingean.
The Tullamore Show is organised and run by a small Executive Committee, but the event would not be feasible if it were not for the some 450 volunteers who are involved in an array of activity in advance of and on show day. Volunteers manage gate entry, carparks, assist constructing the grounds and of course this would not be possible if it were not for the tea ladies who kept the enormous crew fed and energy levels up. This years show was deemed a great success in the face of many challenges and following an array of cancellations throughout the summer. Next on the agenda for the Show Committee is to start planning for next years show - 11th August 2013 at the Butterfield Estate.