Festival of Plough promises great family day out
Steam-powered ploughs are set to kickstart the harvesting season with Epworth's 32nd Festival of the Plough.
The annual ploughing family day out will take place tomorrow (Sunday, September 16) at High Burnham Farm near Epworth.
The day begins at 10am with an event called Blessing of the Plough and runs until around 4pm when prize-giving takes place and the main raffle is drawn.
There are plenty of things to do including horse ploughing, vintage tractor ploughing and steam ploughing.
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This year there will be two Norwegian Fjord horses ploughing the land, 12 pairs of shire horses and 109 vintage tractors.
The show will also feature a static tractor display, vintage cars, a craft tent, a poultry exhibition, a model display, stationary engines and terrier racing.
Festival president Harold Woolgar said: "Here at the Festival of the Plough, we have on display every conceivable type of ploughing – from hand-ploughing to horse, from steam engine to tractor.
"Alongside the ploughing competition there are many mechanical marvels on display. Take care when walking around the displays and machines, but feel free to ask questions."
Further attractions include steam gallopers, music and dancing, as well as pony rides.
There are also trade stands and full on-site catering, with a fully licensed beer tent courtesy of Carvery and Grill.
At the bandstand will be the Armthorpe Elmfield Brass Band alternating with Muppets with Puppets from the popular Puppet Power group.
Mr Woolgar said: "In the main square will be folk music, Appalachian dancers and morris dancers.
"Go and get a cool drink from the beer tent, then sit in the sun, watching the entertainment.
"On display in the poultry tent are a wide variety of rare breeds, in all shapes and sizes.
"The model tent has hundreds of scale models, some fully working. Outside on display there are the stationary engines – the main source of power for farms before electricity made things simple."
Those tractors not taking part in the ploughing matches are on display.
Graham Wilson, owner of Wesley Guest House, Epworth said: "It's a marvellous event. There's proper steam tractors and ploughs. The tractors run on steam and it pulls the plough, which has an engine that runs on steam and it ploughs the land.
"It's a big event, if not bigger than Epworth Show – it's well worth a visit."
All money raised is donated to local charities – and The Festival of the Plough has raised in excess of £190,000 since it first started in 1980.
Entry costs £6 per adult including a prize draw ticket, while under-16s enter for free.
Organisers say there is plenty of parking available, with special disabled parking on site.
There are also facilities for caravans close to the festival site.