CREATING a temporary exhibition space that can accommodate approximately 190,000 visitors over three days wouldn't be possible without the efforts of dozens of companies that have been working round the clock to ensure the 2013 Ploughing Championships is ready for this week's influx.
Among them is O'Donovan Marquees from Birdhill, Co Tipperary, which has been on site in Laois for the last two weeks erecting marquees for exhibitors at this year's event.
The company's eight- man crew put the finishing touches to more than 20 temporary structures last Friday, including exhibition spaces for Teagasc, Enfer and Angus Beef Ireland.
Managing director Pat O'Donovan says the Ploughing is one of the largest jobs of the year for his company, which also works on some of the other big agricultural shows including Bantry, Cappamore and Nenagh.
The relatively good weather over the last fortnight has made life easier for the O'Donovan crew and Pat describes the Ploughing Championships' site in Ratheniska as "fairly good".
"There has been a bit of lifting involved in places but the work has been fairly straightforward," he says.
More than 10 marquee and exhibition structure companies have been on site in Ratheniska for the last few weeks and for all of them the Ploughing represents an invaluable annual fillip at a time when margins in the industry are tighter than ever.
"There is still a lot of work out there for marquee companies, but like everything else the business is more competitive and the money isn't as good," says Mr O'Donovan.