Making a championship stand to give shoppers the very best value in Athy
THE watchword for visitors to the Ploughing Championships this year will be 'value' -- and there is plenty of that on offer for those prepared to explore the hundreds of stands in Athy.
Apart from the machinery and livestock, a huge variety of exhibitors will be showing off -- and selling -- their wares.
From fashion to footwear, crafts to kitchenware, food and drink, to lifestyle and leisure products, there really is something for everyone at the event.
And many of the exhibitors are offering serious discounts on their products in an effort to entice visitors to part with their hard-earned cash.
Pat Stack, of Tralee-based Utensils (Stand 411), is offering a range of kitchen and cookware, with the majority of the products priced at €10 or less.
His stand will feature Victorinox knives, baking trays, loaf tins, cupcake liners and stands, cake-decorating sets, a huge variety of kitchen tools, scales, flasks, frying pans and SodaStreams. (Anyone remember those?)
Pat says all retailers are acutely aware of the need to offer the best possible value in these straitened times.
"Money is tight and people are looking for bargains," he says. "We will be selling quality, branded items at affordable prices.