The National Ploughing Championship commenced on Tuesday, September 18th and was extended until Friday 21st of September due to bad weather.
Last year saw in excess of 290,000 make their way to the site in Screggan, Co. Offaly, though @NPAIE have revealed on Twitter last night, September 21st, that this year’s official attendance figures were much lower with just over 240,000 attending. This was due in part to day two of the event being called off due to excessively strong winds caused by storm Ali, with only 61,700 attending on the rescheduled day.
On day one, approximately 97,500 people made their way to the event, with a confirmed 81,500 attending on day two, which was held on Thursday 20th of September. The final day, which was the rescheduled day, saw a much lower turnout with only 61,700 people gracing the event.
This brought the complete total to 240,700 this year, a drop of almost 50,000 people.
The attendance for today was 61,700, this brings the total attendance for #Ploughing18 to 240,700— National Ploughing (@NPAIE) September 21, 2018