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Catch the annual Ploughing Match this month

Tue 10 Sep 2013

Catch the annual Ploughing Match this month

The Isle of Wight boasts a rich history in agriculture and to celebrate its love of the land, the island is home to a wide range of farming events throughout the year.

Have you got a keen interest in nature and love learning new things about cultivation? Then the Ploughing Match being held at the end of the month would be perfect for you and your family.

Organised by the Isle of Wight Traction Engine Club, you can watch as competitors put their ploughing skills to the test and are judged by an expert panel on their ability to carry out a number of tasks effectively.

Set to kick off at Ash Hill Farm on September 29th, the event promises to be a new and exciting experience for families seeking a day trip with a difference.

If this is in your field of work and you fancy your chances at taking on the locals, then it only costs £5 to enter, whereas members of the club can take part for free. Spectators of the match need not pay a penny to watch the Ploughing Match unfold.

Things can get pretty competitive at the annual event, with any participants who fail to win first prize in any of the nine Classes to be deemed a 'novice' - a nickname all entrants will likely be hoping to avoid.

What's more, contestants will be marked against a tough set of criteria, with the judges using these guidelines to award them scores depending on how well they can make an opening, lay furrows, prepare the land for seeding and do each procedure neatly and firmly.

Refreshments will be available for anyone wishing to watch the event, which will kick off nice and early at around 08:30 BST. The judging of the openings will commence at 09:30, before the entrants continue ploughing at 10:00 for a further three hours.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801635860-ADNFCR

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