As we are all about the Ploughing this week, we have created a quiz about the National Ploughing Championship

The National Ploughing Championships, https://www.npa.ie/ , is one of the top agricultural shows in the world and is run by a voluntary organisation.

We have compiled a quiz with 22 questions, to test your knowledge. See how many you guess right? Best of luck!

Question 1:

Which county is hosting the championships in 2022?

  • Laois
  • Kilkenny
  • Kildare

Question 2:

In which month is the National Ploughing Championships now held?

  • September
  • October
  • November

Question 3:

What year was the first inter-county ploughing content held?

  • 1929
  • 1931
  • 1932

Question 4:

How many counties took part in this event?

  • 10
  • 8
  • 9

Question 5:

Do you know the cost of running the first event was listed in pounds, shillings and pence? These symbols were a convenient abbreviation for the pre-decimal system of currency used in Britain up until 1971. (‘£’ used for pounds /  ‘s’ used for shillings / ‘d’ used for pence). If you would like some more information, here is a link: https://www.royalmintmuseum.org.uk/journal/history/pounds-shillings-and-pence/

Can you guess the cost of running the first event?

  • £9/3/5
  • £8/3/5
  • £10/3/5

Question 6:

In 1931, two lifelong friends Allen and Bergin had a disagreement about which county had the best ploughmen. Can you name one of the counties they are referring to?

  • Wexford
  • Waterford
  • Limerick
  • Kildare

Question 7:

Today, how many acres do the championship require for the ploughing competition?

  • 175
  • 180
  • 185

Question 8:

How many acres are needed for visitor parking?

  • 400 acres
  • 450 acres
  • 500 acres

Question 9:

Today on average how many exhibitors are represented at the ploughing?

  • 1500
  • 2000
  • 1700

Question 10:

In which year was the first tractor ploughing class introduced?

  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1944

Question 11:

Who was made secretary of the NPA in 1955?

  • Anna May McHugh
  • Anna May O’Donnell
  • Any May McCarthy

Question 12:

In 1956 a new marriage incentive was introduced where the winner would receive £100.00. What was the name of the competition?

  • Queen of the Tractor
  • Queen of the Land
  • Queen of the Plough

Question 13:

Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow hosted the ploughing championship in 1965, but the event was postponed by a week, due to

  • Floods
  • Mudslide
  • snow

Question 14:

Just one championship, held in the east, was very badly attended and it was a financial loss for the association. Where was the event held?

  • Fingal
  • Finglas
  • Malahide

Question 15:

In 1974, the numbers attending the event were so vast that a major change took place. What was this change?

  • food tents and bars were erected
  • bread making competition was introduced
  • IC was invited to give demonstrations in cookery and crafts

Question 16:

What year did the National Ploughing Championship become a 3-day event?

  • 1987
  • 1988
  • 1989

Question 17:

Today, how much does it cost to run the event?

  • About €4 million
  • About €5 million
  • About €7 million

Question 18:

How many All-Ireland Ploughing Title Classes are there?

  • 19
  • 20
  • 21

Question 19:

What is the average annual attendance at the event?

  • 290,000
  • 300,000
  • 310,000

Question 20:

In 2022, what price is an entry ticket?

  • €25.00
  • €26.00
  • €27.00

Here is the link to purchase your ticket for this year: https://www.npa.ie/

Question 21:

What time do the gates open for the public to enter?

  • 7am
  • 8am
  • 9am

Question 22:

What time do the ploughing competitions begin each day?

  • 10.30am
  • 11.30am
  • 9.30am

ANSWERS

Q.1:  Laois is hosting the 2022 championship

Q.2:   September

Q.3:  1931

Q.4:  9 counties took part

Q.5:   the cost was £9/3/5 which is 9 pounds 3 shillings and 5 pence

Q. 6: Wexford and Kildare

Q.7: 170 acres

Q.8: 400 acres

Q. 9: 1700 exhibitors

Q. 10: 1942 was the first tractor ploughing class

Q. 11: Anna May McHugh

Q. 12: In 1956 the Queen of the Plough was introduced

Q. 13: Snow

Q. 14: Finglas

Q. 15: 1974 Food tents and bars were erected

Q. 16: 1988

Q. 17: about €5 million

Q. 18: 19 All-Ireland Ploughing Title Classes

Q. 19: 300,000

Q. 20: €25.00

Q. 21: 9am

Q. 22: 10.30am

Have a wonderful time at the Ploughing Championships.

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