Ploughing Day 3: It's like Electric Picnic, but at least farmers don't have to buy new wellies
The one good thing about the rain today at the Ploughing Championships was that every farmer there is equipped to deal with all kinds of weather.
Indeed Michael Creed, the Minister for Agriculture, said the ploughing is much more than just an event for farmers, it's an opportunity for them to socialise and said there is no other event in Europe on the same scale as it.
He described it as the Electric Picnic for farmers, but luckily farmers are equipped and didn't need a mad dash to buy some wellies for the event.
And it's just as well, as the rain came down in bucket loads yesterday. While Met Eireann has predicted for some time that yesterday was to be wet, it was just damp for most of the morning, with the odd heavy shower. But that all changed by 12noon when torrential rain drove the thousands of people at the Ploughing into the nearest tent available for shelter.
And then things went from bad to worse. The electricity went on a number of rows and the site was awash with reports of flooded tents. And so it was.
A number of tents were flooded, roads were closed as the heavy rain had no where to go but settle in very large puddles. But help was at hand and the electricity was restored and the fire crews with the help of slurry tankers took to draining the worst hit areas.
By evening the site was looking like it had been through some tough times, but the crowds were still happy as they headed for the car parks.
Today the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due on site, along with EU Commissioner Phil Hogan. Sports stars expected to make it through the mud include Rob Kearney and James McCarthy - All Ireland man of the match.