It is Ploughing Championship time again, that time of year when up to 80,000 people a day descend on a part of the country to have a day out. The Ploughing Match started back in 1931 with 40 entries. Even in my childhood, the ploughing match was unexciting for children unless they were machinery or animal enthusiasts.
However, looking at the NPA website today, there is scarcely a mention of ploughing at all on the home page – from sections advertising fashion, food, machinery, vintage, shopping, renewable energy and more. Yes, the ploughing competition still exists but the ploughing match is so much more.
If you are going, do bring cash with you to spend if you can. Having stood at a stand last year for 3 long days and seeing so few people buying anything, I swore I would never have a stand at it again. So many people walked around the ploughing match last year and left with empty hands, yes, it is an expensive day out between the entry charge, buying teas, chips, toys for children etc. ?I have to admit that the children always bring their money to buy some toys and I never before bothered that much, partly due to having to carry purchases around. ?Do remember though that ?so many businesses are there having paid out a lot of money for stands, so do buy Irish and buy at the Ploughing match. Decide to do a little of your Christmas shopping at the ploughing match and give those business people a good Ploughing match. No, I am not doing a stand this year and never will again but there are so many business people out there with more patience and tolerance than me! Do support them this September .. do some Christmas shopping or buy some yummy food stuffs and have a good day. Don’t forget the wellies!