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Farming tradition on display
A match showcasing a farming tradition is ploughing ahead.
The 36th North Okanagan Ploughing Match gets underway Saturday at John McKechnie’s farm on Lansdowne Road near Armstrong (follow the signs from Enderby and Armstrong).
“Ploughmen, or should I say ploughpeople as there is an increasing number of women competitors, from across the province will be testing their skills aboard tractors or behind horses,” said Nick Hutchinson with the event.
This year marks the 120th anniversary of the Township of Spallumcheen which boasts a walking plough on its signage and where farming is a major part of its economic base and its history.
“The art of the plough is and always has been the foundation of good farming and that tradition has been kept alive year after year by the annual ploughing match,” said Hutchinson.
“It is a chance for old timers to measure their assessments against those of the judges and for the uninitiated to learn what exactly goes into a well ploughed ‘land.’”
Ploughing starts at 10:30 a.m. and will finish no later than 3 p.m., after which the scores will be announced and the trophies awarded.
In addition to the ploughing there will be horse-drawn wagon rides, the ever popular “Blind Love” contest for couples on a garden tractor and you can always try your hand behind a walking plough under expert supervision.
Refreshments will be on hand with lunches for kids under 12 free and in honour of Spallumcheen’s anniversary there will be no charge at the gate.
For more information contact Nick Hutchinson at 250-517-8869.