Plowing Championships 2022: Here’s what not to miss at the Plowing Championships this week

To return for the first time in three years after the pandemic is to ensure that the 91st National Plowing Championships is a three-day event not to be missed.

Island also showcasing the 67th Plowing World, here are 10 of the must-sees from the 1,700 exhibits and events during the three-day event which is expected to draw 300,000 visitors to the Ratheniska, Co Laois site.

Favorite businesses are back and several exciting new businesses will be there for the first time, guaranteeing a bit of everything for everyone.

On the plowing front, 25 international teams from around the world will participate in the World Plowing Competition while the heart of the exhibition will be the mainstay of agricultural and plant machinery worth millions of euros.

Hayley Gruber, a 19-year-old American from Minnesota who is coached by her former world winner father Gene, is seen as a strong contender for the winner of this year’s world plowing contest.

With cutting-edge technology, technical experts on hand for free consultations in the Agri-tech pavilion and there will be a Machine of the Year competition.

There are 32 national plowing classes with top competitors from across the country competing against each other, including loyalty digging and horse plowing, which will total 311 events.

Also provided is the ultimate showcase of all breeding needs, breed societies, live shows and displays, health, genetics, feed, equipment and all necessary agricultural services. to the breeder.

An attempt is underway to enter the Guinness Book of Records by back-plowing. Patrick Kelly will attempt to break the world record for driving a tractor and trailer in reverse driving a 1962 Massey Ferguson tractor without power steering.

This extraordinary fundraising effort – to raise over €150,000 – by Patrick is in honor of his late mother Mai Kelly, who died of cancer. All proceeds will be used to support cancer care at St James’s Hospital.

Meanwhile, sustainability is a key focus for the 2022 championships with food waste treated by an anaerobic digester to create energy that is timely as electricity, gas and oil costs rise again.

There will be a huge promotion of recyclables, solar panel light towers, cardboard compactors and waste sorting operations. Visitors are warned that they will be subject to litter fines this year.

On the business side, Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena will showcase ground-breaking technologies and cutting-edge ideas. Delegations of international buyers will be present to seek out potential development opportunities, while Innovation Trophies will reward the best projects.

Small businesses from across the country will also have the opportunity to make themselves known.

The Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) initiative will see 31 small businesses, one from each LEO, take a stand in the Local Enterprise Village at the Plowing Championships.

It’s more than likely that some type of shopping will be the order of the day, whether it’s spending a few hundred thousand dollars.

There will also be three daily country style fashion shows at their best with well-known model Celia Holman Lee as well as super prizes for the “Best Dressed Country Style” contests.

If that’s not enough, there’s the National Brown Bread Baking competition final with a €15,000 prize for the overall winner and the honor of having your bread sold for 12 months in all 150 Aldi stores nationwide.

Sticking with all things country and fast tracking the songs and dances of country music megastar Garth Brooks will be the daily “Reach out country music” radio show hosted by Trudi Lawlors featuring all the big stars of the country music between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with live music and dancing at the bandstand.

As for the sport, Davy Fitzgerald, GAA hurling and Waterford coach and star of Ireland’s Fittest Families, will be the judge for the new Fittest Farmer competition.

The contest is billed as a fun way to spark a vital discussion about the physical and mental health of farmers nationwide, aiming to get all farmers thinking and talking about their physical and mental health.

Interested farmers wishing to take part in Ireland’s Fittest Farmer competition are encouraged to visit the Zurich stand each morning from 11am.

Anna May McHugh, who runs the championships alongside her daughter Anna Marie, commenting on this year’s national and world championships, said: “It’s great to be back after three long and difficult years. Coming back strong with the World Championships is no small feat.

“A lot of competitors, including those from New Zealand and Australia, are already there training to get used to the ground. They were eager to get here.

“There is so much enthusiasm for the plowing from competitors, exhibitors, Gardai, all public bodies involved, authorities and farm owners that we just hope everything goes well because we want to make sure there’s something new for everyone to enjoy.”

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