The organisers of the British National Ploughing Championships & Country
Festival, which are taking place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th
October, are hoping that the wet weather stays away this weekend.
Some 15,000 visitors are expected to attend this amazing two-day
event which is taking place at Crockey Hill, just south of York.
Various weather forecasts have been consulted - some say rain,
some say not - but the organisers say that spirits won't be dampened
by any rainfall!
The Championships are a highlight of the farming year - and feature
champion ploughmen from throughout the country using various styles
of equipment - modern tractors pulling conventional and reversible
ploughs, vintage tractors pulling different types of old ploughs
and magnificent heavy horses with their ancient horse drawn ploughs.
Visitors can also see displays and working demonstrations of vintage
tractors and machinery dating from the early part of the twentieth
century, right through to the 1970s and the rare opportunity to
see giant steam ploughing engines at work as well as an old-fashioned
The heavy horses are always a spectacular sight. A dozen pairs
of these magnificent beasts will be showing their skills reminding
us of a much slower way of life. In contrast, the machinery manufacturers
of the present day will be showing what can be done in well less
than an hour what the horses could only manage in a day. With all
this, plus trade stands and craft stalls, the event promises to
be a day to remember which will not be repeated in the area for
a while, as it moves around the country each year and this is the
first time it has been held in North Yorkshire for over 30 years.
Charlie Halliday, Chairman of the Society of Ploughmen who are
organising the event, commented: "This really is a fantastic
day out - there's something for all the family and a rare chance
to see how farming has changed over the years. Rain will certainly
not stop play - if it rains at the weekend, it will be business
as usual. The only difference would be is to bring some wellies,
or buy a pair while you're there!"
The Championships will take place on land at Wheldrake Lane (off
the A19) at Crockey Hill, just south of York. It will be well signed
from major roads in the vicinity.
Further information can be found on www.ploughmen.co.uk or from
the Society of Ploughmen on 01302 852469.
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