Combines for Charity beat conditions to regain record
With more than €30m worth of combines in the one field, FBD had insisted that there were over 30 slurry tankers full of water on hand to cope with the possibility of any of the machines going on fire.
On the day, it was mud more than fires that organisers, Combines-4-Charity, had to battle in their attempt to regain the world record for the largest number of combines working simultaneously in one field.
Despite intermittent downpours, a crowd of up to 5,000 people gathered to see 211 combines from every province assemble in a 140ac field at Platin just outside Drogheda at the weekend.
They expected to see history in the making and they certainly weren't disappointed.
However, it was a close-run thing, with the organisers beating the record by just eight combines on the day.
Some 211 combines were assembled in the 140ac field by 3.30pm on Saturday.
But it was over an hour before they got going as organisers scrambled to gather up every available combine in the locality.
They knew that some of the 200-plus combines assembled were bound to struggle with the damp conditions in the crop due to the showers throughout the day.