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Monday 11 December 2017

Up to 90,000 to attend day two of Ploughing Championships

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

It's day two of the National Ploughing Championships and even the heavy fog can't keep farmers away. 

With yesterday's event attracting a record breaking 81,000 guests, it's believed that up to 90,000 people will attend today's festivities in Stradbally, Co. Laois.

Today is all about the wellies as Met Eireann have forecast the fog and mist to last throughout the morning with outbreaks of drizzle later in the day.

And for those up to the challenge, there are Most Appropriately Dressed Lady and Most Appropriately Dressed Gent competitions this afternoon.

Sheep shearing world record holder Ivan Scott, from Donegal, will be appearing at the All Ireland competition later today.

With even more record crowds expected, the 1,300 exhibitors are pulling out all the stops.

The championship's first ever "tweet up" will be taking place at 2:00 on the main stage, which has so far generated an impressive social media presence.

Traffic is also building up near the site, with thousands arriving this morning as gates opened at 8am.

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Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has been strolling the grounds since 7:30am, and is lined up to participate in a photocall with the National Dairy Council among his many duties.

Joan Burton will also be shaking hands, as will Richard Bruton.

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