National Plowing Championships trade show canceled for 2021

The National Plowing Association executive said it “made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 trade show after months of monitoring Covid-19 status and taking into account the government’s updated roadmap for the next months”. The event was scheduled to take place in Ratheniska, Co Laois, in September.

In a statement released on Friday, the NPA said: “Given the scale of Labor with 297,000 participants in 2019 and the lack of clarity on what the restrictions and regulations of Covid-19 will look like in September for events outdoors, it was felt that canceling the 1700 exhibitors’ trade event was the only option.

“Public health and safety is of paramount importance to the Association and unless the NPA is convinced that the trade show could proceed without causing risk to exhibitors, competitors and visitors, it does not would not be feasible. As the schedule for starting work on the site is imminent – the NPA could not wait to make a decision.

“The world plowing competition to be held in Ireland to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the NPA attracting visitors from 30 countries has also been canceled given the extent of current international travel restrictions.”

NPA Executive Director Anna May McHugh said: “It is a huge disappointment for the Association to have to cancel the trade show two years in a row, especially considering the estimated annual economic impact. of 50 million euros which will be lost to the Irish. Economy.

“We are very aware of the loss of income from our exhibitors and the disappointment of patrons. However, the NPA is a solid establishment, we have a massively committed team behind the event, our exhibitors and patrons have been very loyal over the years. and we look forward to bringing the show back to its full potential in 2022. We will be holding our national plowing competitions this year and hope to be able to welcome visitors (pending regulation).

The plan will be to develop a program of activities around ‘Plowing competitions’ that will keep the focus on ‘Rural Ireland’ during Plowing Week (September 15-17) – this will include virtual content promoting exhibitors combined with a week of interactive and immersive digital activations # Labourage2021 to get everyone involved.

The NPA also confirmed that the event will return to Ratheniska in 2022 from September 20-22, as they look forward to enjoying plowing as usual.

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