The Ploughing Match
The Annual NDAS Ploughing Match is on Saturday 19th October at Trumpletts Farm, Hampstead Norreys, Bothampstead.
This is a popular event in our Society calendar and is regularly contested by around 75 local ploughing champions. There are classes for conventional, reversible and horse-drawn ploughs, as well as expanding classes for vintage tractors and ploughs and also vintage horticultural machinery.
Top machinery firms will be demonstrating their latest, most up-to-date, powerful, multi-furrow ploughing units which can turn over in under an hour what it would have taken a horse a day to do.
There will also be a spectacular display of steam ploughing. For those of you who have never seen it before, it is quite a sight to behold! For those who have, never fail to enjoy this classic piece of machinery.
The Ploughing Match also has a host of competitions to involve everyone. The Domestic Competitions this year include a homemade fruit cake, chutney, Sloe Gin and Hedgerow Fruit Liqueur. All of which can be entered at 9.30 on the day. All items are auctioned off for the Chairman and President Charity, The Newbury and District Cancer Care Trust.
We hope the day will feature the magnificent shire horses at work demonstrating their ploughing skills. These magnificently turned out true 'workhorses' will be decorated with ornate brass and leather harness.
The Society Education Officer will be running activities with an educational theme for our many young visitors including paper making. We will also have our popular scarecrow competition. There will be a prize for the Nursery or Primary school who come up with the best scarecrow. Also you can guess the vintage farm implements and test your knowledge on the samples of grain.
We hope to see you there!
Adults £5, Children under 16 FREE