The British National Ploughing Championships is on 9 and 10 October this year. A record crowd is expected to attend the two-day event, which takes place at Grange-de-Lings, near Lincoln.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the British Championships. The event features modern tractors pulling conventional and reversible ploughs, three classes with vintage tractors pulling trailed, mounted and classic ploughs plus horse-drawn ploughs.
There are also displays and working demonstrations of vintage tractors and machinery – the earliest dating from 1915, the youngest from the 1960s – and an increasingly rare opportunity to see giant steam ploughing tackle at work.
There’s also a chance to see heavy horses at work.
Three past world ploughing champions, three past European champions and eight ex-British champions will be taking part in the event this year. The prize will be representing their country in the 2010 World Ploughing Contest in Sweden.
Only one ploughwoman is taking part this year – 16-year-old Emma Davenport from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. She is one of 16 young farmers who will be battling for the title of British Young Farmer’s Champion Ploughman on the first day, and also a chance to compete with the other top qualifiers for the opportunity to take part in the “plough-off” finals on the second day to find the overall British National Champions.
The championships take place on land directly opposite the Lincolnshire Showground on the A15, just north of Lincoln.
Further information can be found on www.ploughmen.co.uk or from the Society of Ploughmen on 01302 852 469.