Plowing Championships 2022: Here’s what you can’t miss at this week’s Plowing Championships

Returning for the first time in three years post-pandemic ensures the 91st National Plowing Championships is a packed three-day event packed with must-attend events.

As well as showcasing the 67th World Plowing here are 10 of the up to 1,700 exhibits and events you won’t want to miss during the three day event which is expected to draw 300,000 visitors to the Ratheniska, Co. Laois site.

Firm favorites are returning and several new and exciting companies will be attending for the first time, ensuring there is something for everyone.

On the plowing front, 25 international teams from around the world will take part in the World Plowing Contest, while the heart of the exhibition will be the agricultural and plant machinery on display, worth millions of euros.

19-year-old American Hayley Gruber from Minnesota, whose trainer is her father Gene, a former world champion, is being hyped as a strong contender for this year’s overall World Plowing Contest champion.

Using the latest technology, technical experts will be available 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 the best competitors from across the country competing against each other including loy digging and horse plowing totaling 311 events.

Also planned is the ultimate showcase of all cattle breeding needs, breed associations, live shows and displays, health, genetics, feed, equipment and all the agricultural services required by the cattle breeder.

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

This exceptional fundraiser – 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 objective for the 2022 Championships, which will see food waste processed in an anaerobic digester to produce energy that will come in time as electricity, gas and oil costs rise again.

There will be big promotions for recyclable products, solar powered light towers, carton compactors and waste sorting companies. Visitors are warned to expect littering fines this year.

On the business front, the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena will showcase breakthrough technologies and innovative ideas. International purchasing delegations will be on site to scout for potential development opportunities and innovation awards will also be presented to the best projects.

Small businesses from across the country also have the opportunity to promote themselves.

The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) calls for 31 small companies, one from each LEO, to take a stand in the Local Enterprise Village at the plowing championships.

Most likely some type of shopping will be on the agenda, be it from plans to spend a few to hundreds of thousands of euros. Ireland’s largest pop-up shopping center is sure to attract plenty of shoppers to the hundreds of retail establishments on offer.

There are also three daily best country style fashion shows, starring popular model Celia Holman Lee, and great prizes for the Best Dressed Country Style competitions.

As if that weren’t enough, there is also the finale of the national brown bread baking competition with prize money of €15,000 for the overall winner and the honor of being able to sell their bread in all 150 Aldi markets nationwide for 12 months.

To stay on top of all the country stuff and catch up with singing-dancing country megastar Garth Brooks, Trudi Lawlor’s daily radio show “Reach out Country Music” will air all the big country stars between 1pm and 3pm along 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 judge the new Fittest Farmer competition.

The competition is billed as a fun way to spark an important discussion on the physical and mental health of the country’s farmers, with the goal of getting all farmers to think and talk about their physical and mental health.

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

Commenting on this year’s National and World Championships, Anna May McHugh, who co-directs the Championships with her daughter Anna Marie, said: “It’s great to be back after three long and tough years. Coming back to the World Championships with a bang is no easy feat.

“Many of the participants, including those from New Zealand and Australia, are already practicing on site to get used to the ground. They couldn’t wait to get here.

“There is so much excitement about plowing from competitors, exhibitors, gardai, all the government agencies involved, authorities and the farm owners that we just hope all goes well as we want to make sure there is something new for everyone to do with the he can have fun.”

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