Ploughing by numbers -- from 6t of ketchup to 1,110 stands
So, you don't believe the hype? Think the Ploughing Championships is just another show? Think again. Here is the proof.
- Oxegen? Smoxegen! The Ploughing is the biggest rural gathering of people in Europe, with up to 180,000 attending.
- Space to let? It covers more than 700ac: 200ac for ploughing; 115ac of exhibits; and 400ac of car parks.
- Need an economic boost? It's reputed to be worth more than €10m to the local economy.
- Recession? Not in the world of the National Ploughing Association which runs the event. They say they have set new records this year with more than 1,100 trade stands.
- Muck is optional. There's 15km of track for those unaccustomed to getting stuck in.
- No one goes hungry. There are 25,000 steaks and 20t (yes, that is tonnes) of Irish burgers, sausages and bacon, along with 4,000 litres of milk and 10,000 eggs will be used to supply breakfasts each morning. As you can imagine, that takes a lot of ketchup. Apparently, six tonnes of tomato ketchup will be slobbered on the best of Irish over the three days.
This trickles right back to farm level. The produce from up to 150 farmers and their farms' produce will be used for the beef requirements alone throughout the event.
- Thirsty work -- nearly one million litres of water will be used.
- Power to the people -- 5 x 750 KVA generators will be required on site, with a massive 45km of electrical cable required to power the event.
- On the money -- featured today, the Most Appropriately Dressed Lady will win a €5,000 voucher, compliments of Littlewoods, with a Louis Copeland creation on offer for the Most Appropriately Dressed Man.