Here's whats on the agenda on day one of the Ploughing

Here's whats on the agenda on day one of the Ploughing
Picture: Dan Linehan

The National Ploughing Championships get underway in Screggan, Co Offaly this morning.

Almost 300,000 people are expected at the farming festival over the next three days.

It's umbrellas and wellies at the ready as one of Europe's biggest outdoor events get underway.

Dan Linehan spoke to Anna Marie McHugh, assistant managing director of the NPC and asked her what people can expect when they visit the year's National Ploughing Championships:

350 people will take part in different classes of ploughing events over the next three days and there is also a Machine of the Year competition.

And if farming is not your thing there's plenty more going on with more than 1,700 exhibitors on site with everything from cookery demonstrations to pony games to sheep shearing.

There is also the 'Best Dressed Country Style' ladies competition with €7,000 up for grabs.

Not to mention the ever-popular welly throwing competition.

Presidential hopefuls, politicians and many well-known faces will be mingling with visitors at the three-day event.

President Michael D Higgins will officially open the farming festival this morning. Doors open at 9am.

Digital Desk

More on this topic

Comment: Taoiseach ploughs his own furrow  at National Ploughing ChampionshipComment: Taoiseach ploughs his own furrow  at National Ploughing Championship

62,000 people attend final day of Ploughing Championships after 'difficult week' for organisers62,000 people attend final day of Ploughing Championships after 'difficult week' for organisers

Micheál Martin hits out at Britain over post-Brexit food safety suggestionMicheál Martin hits out at Britain over post-Brexit food safety suggestion

Ploughing Championships set to resume today after storm closurePloughing Championships set to resume today after storm closure


More in this Section

Suspect on run after Dublin cash-in-transit robberySuspect on run after Dublin cash-in-transit robbery

Met Éireann may issue weather sleet/snow weather warning at the weekendMet Éireann may issue weather sleet/snow weather warning at the weekend

Number of patients admitted shoots up over 50% in past yearNumber of patients admitted shoots up over 50% in past year

Gardaí say no reports of cars ramming on the northside despite videoGardaí say no reports of cars ramming on the northside despite video


Lifestyle

Unique drawings by Quentin Blake, one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, are available at a Christie’s online auction which runs until December 17.Your chance to buy drawings by Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake

Ciara McDonnell talks to four high-profile people about their festive traditions and favourite tracksHere's what has these famous faces rockin’ around the Christmas tree

More From The Irish Examiner