The County Roscommon Ploughing Championships is now regarded as one of the best in the country with over 2,000 people attending on an annual basis.
Speaking to the Roscommon People earlier this week, chairperson John Hanley explained why Roscommon has become so prominent throughout the years.
“Roscommon has gained a very good reputation over the years. This is down to the hard work of the committee members who always endeavour to provide a comprehensive and complete line-up of events.
“The fact that our championships is one of the most well attended events throughout the country is no stroke of luck. Many other counties only provide ploughing matches but the committee here work hard every year to ensure that there is something for everyone, catering for all tastes.
“I suppose the championships is more of an agricultural show in that as well as the ploughing itself, there are display areas, demonstrations, trade stands and entertainment for the kids. It really is a wide-ranging show that captures the imagination of all those who attend.”
Mr. Hanley was also quick the highlight the contribution of all the sponsors, and in particular Elphin Mart, who have come on board as the main sponsors this year.
“We have to pay special thanks to all our sponsors yet again as without them there would be no show. We have to give a special mention to Elphin Mart for their generous donation in that regard.”
Mr Hanley concluded by stating that the committee were confident that this year’s show, with its varied line-up of events, would prove popular again once more.
“It would be great to if we got nice weather and if the sun was shining which would really add to the day but my colleagues and I are hopeful that the crowds, who have supported us throughout the years, will turn out in their droves.
“We such a diverse line-up of events taking place throughout the day we’re confident that people will feel enticed to join us on what should be a great day for all concerned.”
Issue dated: 30th March 2012
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