Excitement building as National Ploughing Championships near

The event takes place for the third year in a row in Screggan near Tullamore

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Excitement building as National Ploughing Championships near

NPA Managing Director, Anna May McHugh welcoming Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, with the PJ Lynam, NPA Director/Co-Ordinator and James Sutton, NPA President. PIC Jeff Harvey

With only a few days to go to the staging of Europe’s largest outdoor event, the site in Screggan, Tullamore is really taking shape for this year’s National Ploughing Championships which will take place from Tuesday, September 18 to Thursday, September 20.

The Offaly Express will be bringing you updates, news and videos on our website throughout the event.

For machinery addicts, the NPC trade arena goes unrivalled. All the top brands will be showcasing the latest makes and models on the market. Today guests along with some of Ireland’s top models took the opportunity to inspect the site and try out some of the tractors/machinery on site.

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 and cutting edge technology will be on display in the Innovation Arena, quality livestock, a Motor Show, a Forestry Village, Food Trail, an International Business Pavilion, Fashion and a Local Enterprise Village with every county in Ireland represented, National Baking Competitions, Craft Shows, Cookery Demonstrations and many topical seminars.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is the new sponsor of the popular Best Dressed ‘Country Style’ ladies competition on Wednesday, September 19. A judging panel will announce the winner with a prize worth €7,000 up for grabs. The exclusive prize includes two return flights from Dublin to Abu Dhabi, a two-night stay in the luxury 5-Star Emirates Palace, a two-night stay in the prominent 5-Star Anantara Eastern Mangroves & Spa Hotel and two complimentary passes for Yas Island.

Not only out to spoil the ladies, the men are also in for a designer treat.  The Most Appropriately Dressed Gentleman will receive a prize of a stay in the exclusive Wineport Lodge nestled on the banks of Lough Ree, in Athlone County Westmeath, plus a bespoke custom-made suit sponsored by Master Tailor, Louis Copeland.

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 100 exhibitors displaying in the one arena plus hundreds more located in specialist Pavilions.

The National Ploughing Championships taking place from September 18 to 20 in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly is not to be missed.