National Ploughing Championships set to attract more than 300,000 people to Ballintrane, Co Carlow

The 2019 National Ploughing Championships kicks off today with huge crowds expected to attend.

This year’s three-day event in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow is set to be bigger than any other and the dry weather will attract more than 300,000 people.

More than 302 ploughmen will descend upon Carlow to compete in the competition, while those attending from around the world can browse 1,700 exhibitor stalls.

Assistant Managing Director of the championships, Anna Marie McHugh, said: “It’s actually one of the first times that we have had such a physically beautiful site. This year we have the biggest trade field we’ve ever had. We’ve approximately 160 acres – it’s three fields. The enterprise arena has more countries coming in than they’ve ever had before so that is great for exhibitors.”

Those attending the Ploughing will have plenty to see across the three days ranging from multi-million demos of farming machinery to fashion shows.

The Ploughing Championships is set to have an estimated €25million economic impact as thousands of people from all over the world travel to the event.