Monday, April 25, 2016
Plowed 'n Proud
Top plowmen and women face off for the nationals this August Staff/Voice photos
Duggan Montjoy's team from Lytton, BC.
or 364 days a year, they're dusty farmers out working the fields and no one ever seems to notice, but for one day they shine.
That day was Saturday April 2, when contestants in the 94th Annual Plowing Match geed and hawed their way to the winnerís circle in a variety of categories including one for tractors and even one for local mayors and their stand-ins.
While agriculture is of daily importance to many people in Chilliwack, the sport of plowing matches actually transcends the field by educating a growing portion of the community unaware of what's involved in farming, the different methods, history and some of the technological advances.
Good plowing is the land's best friend and when famers prepare seed beds they are also working to control weeds that get mulched helping to increase the soil's ability to retain water.
When fields are properly plowed and furrowed rows are turned over at the proper angle then a "furrow comb" is created which then makes for a good seed bed and slows the wind overtop of the fields which in turn reduces soil erosion and helps stop the soil from being blown away.
The oldest known plow dates back to 2000 BC. Through the eons, farmers who plow the land belong to a specific fraternity and have always shared a common bond of friendship across Canada and the USA.
Match contestants have one-and-a-half hours to finish their plots and points are assessed for straightness of rows, how the rows are furrowed in relation to the crown. Judging is also based on covering weeds, firmness and packing and just the general appearance of the plowed plots.
The 94th Annual Chilliwack Plowing Match took place Saturday, April 2, 2016. This contest was part of the BC Plowing Champions hips Draft Horses and tractor Classes with a reversible plow class and demonstration. There were tractor rides for the kids and food was provided by the Sardis Kiwanis Club. Some winners of matches go on to national championships in late summer in Ontario.
This year, the contest took place at the DeGroot field off of Reid Road. Thanks to Pierre Sache and his wife Michelle who put together a great event once again. Thanks to judges: George Bowman, Custer, Washington, Scott Polinder, Lynden, Washington, Jim Sache, Rosedale, Lynn McDonald, Olds Alberta and also to Field Stewards; Jim McFarland, Surrey and Bernard Bosher, Delta. Fraser Valley Custom printers supplied the event brochures.
Read more about the plowing championships at www.chilliwackplowingmatch.com
See more photos below.
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