The National Ploughing Championships has made a return to the Midlands for 2017 and we would like to wish everybody involved in the management and running of the event the best of success for another year! It takes place just out the road from us in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from today September 19th until the 21st. The total attendance figures for the 2016 Championship came to a record breaking 283,000. This marks the most successful National Ploughing Championships in history.
In recent years in particular, we are being made all the more aware of the importance of nature and the significant role it can play when it comes to our health, well-being and functioning. There is no question that getting out into nature gives us a sense of escape from the stresses and strains of day to day life. Doing something as simple as going for a long walk can really help to put things into perspective; to help us learn not to worry so much about the smaller things. Exploring nature is also a way of creating memories that can be cherished forever by children.
Everybody is so busy these days and many of us forget about the importance of play, exploration and family time but there really is a lot to be gained by taking a step back and remembering how important it is for the whole family to unwind and therefore refresh.
There are over 1,700 exhibitors at the event featuring exhibits in Energy, Forestry, Livestock, Machinery, Construction, Agri Business, Auto Arena, House and Home, Food and Beverage, Health and Wellness, Lifestyle and Tourism, Information Technology, Business and Education.
And the good news for children; there are picnic areas, a playground, a funfair and bandstand entertainment. Why not take advantage of this glorious day and head to the Ploughing Championhsips with your family. There is fun and learning in it for everyone!
Photo: Tracey from one of our most popular events, Junior Einsteins Science Club, visiting the NPC with our own Curious Kim in 2014!