The 85th annual National Ploughing Championships -- one of the largest outdoor exhibition and agricultural trade shows -- that began on September 20 in Ireland draws to a close on September 22. The annual competition that first began in 1931, in a 26-acre field, has expanded both in size and content.

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Men compete in the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.Reuters

Extending beyond ploughing, farming and machinery enthusiasts, it now features attractions such as a tented trade village, live entertainment, music & dancing, fashion shows, craft village, live cooking demonstrations, celebrity appearances, sheep dog trials, pony games and welly throwing.

In 2015, the championships saw over 1,500 exhibitors spread in over 800 acres that attracted footfall to the scale of 281,00 attendees. The three day event was off to roaring start this year with games, events and exhibitions such as robotic milking machines, sheep shearing, "pestaurants," tractor football, sheep dog trials, sheep spa's and more. Here are some pictures of the event:

Bales of hay are placed in the shape of a bear at the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.
Bales of hay are placed in the shape of a bear at the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.Reuters
Competitor, JJ Delaney from Cork poses for a picture during the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.
Competitor, JJ Delaney from Cork poses for a picture during the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.Reuters
A competitor puts a measuring feather in his pocket at the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.
A competitor puts a measuring feather in his pocket at the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.Reuters
A measuring feather is seen in a ploughed furrow at the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.
A measuring feather is seen in a ploughed furrow at the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.Reuters
A man competes in the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.
A man competes in the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.Reuters
A man uses a measuring ruler during the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.
A man uses a measuring ruler during the Irish National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Ireland September 20, 2016.Reuters