Ploughmen descend on city for Euro champs

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Ploughmen from across Europe will battle it out in Derry as the city hosts the 2012 NI Ploughing Championships and European Reversible Ploughing Contest.

Hosted at Gorticross Farm at Drumahoe, the two day competition is sponsored by Danske Bank and will include performances from Fiddler Adam and Hugo Duncan.

Northern Ireland Ploughing Association chairman Wilson Holden says the championships are a celebration of rural life.

“Our ploughing championships are a key event in the agricultural calendar celebrating the best of rural living putting the spotlight on the farming community and after a busy harvest period, offer a great day out for all the family.”

Over 100 acres of farmland will be transformed into competition plots for the ploughing as well as, trade stands which will encompass many sectors of agricultural and rural living.

Tractor pulling will make a welcome return to the ploughing with the NI Tractor Pulling Championships forming a key attraction of the event. The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster will hold their annual fencing competition and soil assessment with local club City of Derry arranging a digger driving competition.

Other attractions, include indoor crafts offering anything from kids workshops to health and beauty products, plus bouncy castles and amusements making this a family day out not to be missed.

Derry Mayor Kevin Campbell says the championships are yet another great event to come to the city.

“This is another major event for the north west region and I am delighted to welcome all international and European participants as well as the officials. I know a lot of hard work has gone into organising this event and I am confident it will be a huge success, not only showcasing local talent but providing a fun day out for all the family.

“I am looking forward to going along to the championships on 5 and 6 October, let’s hope the weather rules in our favour and we have a great weekend for everyone taking part.”

The event kicks off with an opening ceremony at 9.30am tomorrow and ploughing commencing at 10.30am.

Car parking and children under 16 are free and a one way traffic system will be in place around the site with traffic diversions in place.

For more information please visit www.niploughing.com.