President Michael D Higgins at the ploughing
There is something for everyone at this year's National Ploughing Championship being staged in Screggan, just outside Tullamore in County Offaly.
Improving visitor experience is always a priority for the National Ploughing and this year is no exception with NPA piloting a park n ride system for Dublin traffic. The service will be complimentary and operate frequently each way throughout the three days giving visitors the added benefit of a drop off point within a few hundred metres of exhibition arena.
Visitors to this year’s National Ploughing Championships will also have the opportunity to get train transport from around Ireland to travel to Tullamore, where Bus Éireann will operate a shuttle service for the short (5 km) trip to the Screggan site over the days from Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd of September.
There will be an array of new exhibitors as well as hundreds of outstanding veteran companies showcasing their products and services in dynamic ways. The very latest models in agricultural machinery will be on display, quality livestock, a Forestry Village, Food Fayre, an International Business Centre in the Innovation Arena and an extended Local Enterprise Village with over 80 exhibitors aswell as National Baking Competitions, Garden Displays, Craft Shows and many topical seminars.
An extended Trade Arena will see the return of the popular Tented Retail Village with demand necessitating the return of the “Dome” the biggest Arcade ever, with over 120 exhibitors displaying in the one arena plus hundreds more located in specialist Pavilions.
Exciting new initiatives this year will include the Machine of the Year competition, charity calves auction and Ireland’s first ever tractor football matches. The Volkswagen Amorak V6 Experience an exhilarating 4 x 4 off-road driving experience is not for the faint hearted. The National Ploughing Championships taking place from September 20th to 22nd in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly is not to be missed.
Check out the site map to help plan your day at the event.