Trade show at national plowing championships canceled due to pandemic fears

THE ORGANIZERS OF THE National Plowing Championships have confirmed that the trade show at this year’s National Plowing Championships has been canceled.

The exhibition was scheduled to take place September 15-18 in Ratheniska, Co Laois.

Anna May McHugh, chief executive of the NPA, said the loss to the Irish economy would be € 50m.

McHugh said that given the scale of Labor, with 297,000 attendees in 2019, and the lack of clarity on what September’s Covid-19 restrictions and regulations will look like for outdoor events, it was felt that canceling the 1,700 trade exhibitor 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 possible.

“As the schedule to start work on the site is looming – the NPA just couldn’t wait any longer to make a decision,” she said.

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

“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 that 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 exhibition back to its full potential in 2022.

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“We will be hosting our national plowing competitions this year and hopefully we can accommodate visitors (regulations pending),” added McHugh.

The NPA said it is now planning a program of activities around “plowing competitions” which will keep the focus on “rural Ireland” during plowing week.

This will include virtual content promoting exhibitors combined with a week of highly interactive and immersive # Plowing2021 digital activations for everyone to get involved.

The association also confirmed that the event will return to Ratheniska in 2022 from September 20 to 22.

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