South Yorkshire will host a brand new vintage ploughing event on land at Lindholme, near Doncaster on Sunday 28th March 2010.
The 'Festival of Farming' is being organised by the Society of Ploughmen, who organise the annual British National Ploughing Championships in a different part of the country each year. They are hoping this additional event will become an annual feature in the ploughing calendar and will help to increase the awareness of ploughing and the importance of keeping the heritage alive.
Two hundred ploughing plots are available to vintage ploughmen from all parts of Great Britain, for vintage trailed, hydraulic and classic ploughs. Each discipline will be split into two classes - one will be for ploughmen who have previously qualified for the British National Ploughing Championships; the other class will be for those who have not previously qualified for the National.
Alongside the ploughing competition, there will also be static vintage displays and a Ploughing Through the Ages demonstration; steam ploughing engines, horse ploughing, trade stands, rural crafts and all things farming.
Ken Chappell, Executive Director of the Society of Ploughmen said, "We want to make this a great showpiece - not only for the country's vintage ploughmen to show off their skills, but to show the public how the basics of farming have changed over the past two or three hundred years. They don't often get the opportunity to see that in one field and our ploughing heritage is important. We also want to get companies involved, and various sponsorship opportunities are available".
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