The National Ploughing Championships 2014 kicks off today until the 25th September in Ratheniska, Stardbally, Co Laois. It is Europe’s largest outdoor agricultural exhibition trade show. It attracts over 1400 exhibitors and over 200,000 visitors each year.
This event has grown into a spectacular event that showcases the “Irish way of life”, it is no longer just about ploughing and farming. There is everything from sheep shearing competitions, fashion shows to brown bread baking competitions. Check the event guide here
The first National Brown Bread Baking Competition since 1973 will be hosted in the Aldi Marquee. Hotly contested, the huge number of entrants nationwide has now been whittled down to just 8, who will compete on Tuesday and Wednesday for a place in Thursday’s final. Representing their county and with the title of Ireland’s Best Brown Bread Baker up for grabs, this prestigious competition, sponsored by Aldi and in association with the National Ploughing Association and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, is firmly back on the annual calendar and is sure to draw a crowd. [Read more here]
Tickets are great value at €20 each (€15 for senior citizens and students) you can now buy the tickets on the gate.