The organisers of the British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival, which is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, 13th & 14th October, are hoping that the sun will shine at the weekend!
This unique event is taking place on land at Austrey, near Atherestone, Warwickshire by kind permission of William Corbett Farms and John Upperdine and a record crowd is expected to attend.
Over 250 champions will be competing in the Championships using various types of equipment – modern and classic tractors with conventional and reversible ploughs, vintage tractors pulling different kinds of ploughs and the not to be missed heavy horses.
Fifteen pairs of horses will be showing off their skills, reminding us of a much slower pace in life and in contrast, local and national companies will be showing the latest equipment available for today’s farmers.
There will also be 23 giant steam ploughing engines taking part in a Great Steam Challenge over the two days, vintage displays, trade stands, shopping and crafts.
Sue Frith, Chief Executive of the Society of Ploughmen who are organising the event, said, “It doesn’t matter what your age, everyone can have an enjoyable day without having to be interested in the actual ploughing competitions! Farmers come to see the agricultural machinery and ploughing; grandparents because they remember horses or vintage tractors working on farms in their youth and children come because it offers a rare chance to see how farming has changed over the last 200 years or so, all working in one field.” She continued, “We are hoping for good weather, but rain will not stop play – the only difference for spectators would be to bring their wellies!”
The event is easy to find, only 3 miles from the M42/A42 junction just of the A444 and to allow children to learn about our farming heritage, children under 11 will be given free entry to the Championships. Further information can be found from the Society of Ploughmen on www.ploughmen.co.uk or on Facebook and twitter.