MEI Cultural Spotlight #24 – National Ploughing Championships

September 21, 2016

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The National Ploughing Championships

Europe’s Largest Outdoor Exhibition and Agricultural Trade Show.

The 85th National Ploughing Championships will take place in

Screggan, Tullamore & Co Offaly  on  Sept 20th – 22nd 2016.

 

The original Mission Statement for the National Ploughing Association, NPC’s governing body, was set out their big idea in 1931: “To bring the message of good ploughing to all parts of the country and to provide a pleasant and friendly place to meet and do business.

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The first inter-county ploughing contest was held between County Wexford and County Kildare on the 16th of  February 1931 in a 26-acre field at Coursetown in Athy. Since then, the National Ploughing Championships has expanded to over 800 acres with 1,400 exhibitors. It has been extended beyond ploughing, farming or machinery enthusiasts, to now featuring attractions such as a tented trade village, live entertainment, music & dancing, fashion shows, craft village, live cooking demonstrations, celebrity appearances, sheep dog trials, pony games & welly throwing.

If you are in the area you should check it out.

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