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What to Look Forward to at the 2019 Ploughing Championships

Buckle up -- it’s time for the 2019 Ploughing Championships! 



This year, all things agriculture, Irish and more are taking place in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co. Carlow from September 17 to 19. Because of increasing demand, the festivities are bigger than ever: There will be over 1700 exhibitors and over 300 competitors making their way to Carlow this very week. 


A long-standing tradition on our island, the first inter-county ploughing competition took place in 1931 as a way to settle an argument between two friends and ploughmen. Now it is an annual must-see event that involves a whole lot more than just ploughing. 


Whether you’re looking for crafts, food, education or even fashion, there’s something for you -- and your family, friends and workmates -- at this year’s championships. 


Here’s what we’re looking forward to most:



The National Brown Bread Baking Competition


Sponsored by Aldi, this contest has been a fan favourite for the past four years, going on five. Baking enthusiasts across Ireland were asked to bring their freshly baked bread to various Aldi locations, where they were carefully tasted by a panel of judges. The semi finals and final championships will take place this week at the Aldi Marquee, where one winner will earn not only some extra “dough,” but also the pride of knowing that their bread will be sold on grocery store shelves across the nation. 

As assistant managing director of the championships, Anne Marie McHugh, says, “It is wonderful to see the long and great tradition of baking alive and well at Ploughing.” 

With all the delicious bread-tasting you’ll be doing, you may be left feeling a bit thirsty. Keep your foodie experience nice and hydrated with a collapsible and reusable water bottle. Customise them with your company logo, and don’t forget to hand them out to your entire team before the championships!


The Ploughing Green Initiatives


While this isn’t an event or marquee, it’s hard not to be excited for this year’s focus on environmentalism. With clearly marked bins scattered around the area, the 2019 championships are dedicated to sending zero percent of waste into landfills. McHugh says, “Our catering partners are ensuring that as much as possible of their single use items are made from compostable materials and are also offering a 50 cent ‘reusable cup discount’ on all teas and coffees.” 


The organisation has also brought in green exhibitors, such as Bambrew, who are working to provide more sustainable alternatives to single use plastics. They started by creating reusable bamboo and glass coffee cups, and have since extended their range to bamboo toothbrushes, stainless steel straws, and more -- all available this week in Carlow! 

Stay prepared, save the world, and hold onto your change with your own eco-friendly bamboo coffee cup. This one is organic, reusable and customisable, so you can feel good about staying caffeinated all three days.


The Local Enterprise Village


There are more Irish businesses than ever exhibiting at this year’s Ploughing Championships -- over 30 in total! These include Oscar Wilde Water and Dublin’s own Little Red Design Studio. Always innovative and cutting edge, the latest products and services on show will range from farm safety equipment to sportswear to skincare. 


Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, who launched the Local Enterprise Office initiative in Dublin, says, “These firms are the bedrock of local economies right now.” 

Don’t miss this chance to network with your leading local business! Come with a sleek metal card case customised with your company information, perfect for presenting your cards to potential clients in a way that says, “Let’s get down to business!”


The Best Dressed “Country Style” Competition


Once again, the championships’ most highly anticipated fashion contest will be sponsored by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. As McHugh says, “We have a world of fashion at Ploughing this year and as in previous years, it is a must attend event those with sartorial interests.” 


The competition will take place on Wednesday the 18th, and it’s open to everyone -- undercover judges will be walking around the villages eyeing the most fashion-forward attendees. Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond, as the first place prize includes a covetable pair of return flights from Dublin to Abu Dhabi, a four-night stay in a 5-star hotel, and two complimentary passes for Yas Island. 

Keep up on your award-winning look while also slyly advertising your brand with this glamour mirror. It can be personalised with a logo and also converts to a mirror stand, so you always look polished and professional. Get ready for Abu Dhabi!


The Institute of Technology Carlow Marquee


This year, the IT Carlow stand is not one to be missed. Organiser Dr. Karen Hennessy says, “Anyone who visits the IT Carlow marquee at the Ploughing this year can happily while away the time experiencing first-hand fascinating facts and participating in fun challenges across our many disciplines, including Engineering, Science, Computing, Health, Sport and Lifelong Learning across our three campuses of Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow.” 


One of these first-hand experiences is testing award-winning video games in a tractor racing simulator. Try it yourself -- the fastest lap wins real track day at Mondello Park! 

Be prepared to get down and dirty with a promotional baseball cap. Match with your entire team to inspire some friendly competition during the racing games, or cross your fingers that you’ll need the sun protection -- forecast says warm and sunny!


The 2019 Ploughing Championship is the perfect event for any one person or team, from anywhere across the country! Don’t forget to check the Gardaí’s traffic management plan before you go, and stay prepared all three days with some of our Inspire promotional products. 


Check out the Ploughing-approved products that we’ve highlighted here, or browse our wider range of products, at www.inspirepromotionalproducts.ie