Prepare for all weather conditions if heading to the Ploughing Championships

With day one of the ploughing championships coming to a close, organisers are urging those travelling to the remaining days of the event to purchase their tickets in advance to ensure admission to the site.

The three-day event at Ratheniska, Co. Laois, was officially opened by President Michael D. Higgins this afternoon and is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors along with with more than 300 competitors taking part.

Visitors are also advised to pack appropriate footwear and rain gear to prepare for all weather conditions following an unsettled weather forecast for the coming days.

Despite heavy rain on the first day, traffic has been reported to be moving well on all approach routes to the site.

As well as the ploughing competitions, the 700-acre site will also be home to extensive exhibitions, demonstrations and discussions relating to the latest in agri-technology and innovation.

There are also daily fashion shows as well as live music from artists such as Mike Denver and The Tumbling Paddies, there are also baking competitions and other events related to rural life.