The 37th annual North Okanagan Ploughing Match gets underway Saturday at John Mckechnie’s farm on Lansdowne Road.

The 37th annual North Okanagan Ploughing Match gets underway Saturday at John Mckechnie’s farm on Lansdowne Road.

Annual match ploughs ahead

The 37th annual North Okanagan Ploughing Match gets underway Saturday

Spallumcheen is putting the art of ploughing into the spotlight Saturday.

The 37th annual North Okanagan Ploughing  Match gets underway Saturday at John Mckechnie’s farm on Lansdowne Road, near Armstrong (there will be plenty of signage from all directions).

“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 match,” said organizer Nick Hutchinson.

“Ploughmen and ploughwomen from across the province will be testing their skills aboard tractors or behind horses.

“It may not be the swiftest spectator sport in the world, in fact it well may be the slowest! But then that’s what ploughing is all about.

“It’s also a chance for old timers to measure their assessments against those of the judges and for the uninitiated to learn what goes into a well ploughed ‘land.’”

The ploughing begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends no later than 3 p.m. after which scores are tallied and trophies awarded. In addition to the match there will be sheepdog trials, 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 and entrance is by donation.

For more information contact Nick Hutchinson at 250-517-8869.