The National Ploughing Championship celebrates the long running tradition of agriculture and farming in Ireland. Each year this historic event draws crowds of over 190,000 people to enjoy the many exhibits and the exciting contests between competitors. The contest dates back to 1931 where two friends claimed their respective county had the better ploughmen and thus a tradition was born. The first contest took place on a 16 acre plot of land which has now evolved into a 700 acre plot including land for ploughing, exposition space and parking.
The adjoining trade show provides exhibits showcasing all sorts of farm machinery new and old as well as new and upcoming products and technology. There’s plenty of Irish culture on show from Irish food to traditional Irish music and dancing. It’s a great day out for the entire family with something for everyone to enjoy.
The championship consists of 330 competitors and lasts for three whole days. The winning ploughmen will continue onto the European and International Ploughing Championships. Other competitions over the weekend include lamb-sheering contests and sheep dog trials.
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