Athy gears up for Ploughing Championships

The countdown to the 2011 National Ploughing Championships has begun. Final preparations are under way at the fields in Athy with just two weeks to go. This year marks its 80th anniversary, with over 1,000 exhibitors expected at Cardenton between September 20 and 22. .

The countdown to the 2011 National Ploughing Championships has begun. Final preparations are under way at the fields in Athy with just two weeks to go. This year marks its 80th anniversary, with over 1,000 exhibitors expected at Cardenton between September 20 and 22. .

Managing director Anna May McHugh said all is going to plan.

“The agri sector is going well and we are grateful for that. It is reflecting the type of exhibitors we have here. This is a good shop window for businesses to market their products from machinery to domestic appliances to forestry to livestock and bio-engery especially in the climate that we are in. All during the years we would have phonecalls from families to confirm the dates of the Ploughing and many, many times people would take their annual holidays then.”

Exhibition highlights this year include a forestry village, a renewable engeries showcase, agricultural and plant machinery and an auto area.

The social programme includes a live bandstand, a hunt chase, threshing demos, meggars, fashion shows, loy digging and celebrity cookery demos.

In addition, spectators can follow the fortunes of Ireland’s finest ploughmen and women as they compete for the various and much coveted annual championships titles.

See next week’s Leader for your free 2011 National Ploughing Championships Guide.