“They sure don’t do it for the money,” says Lois Ellwood, wife of second-vice-president Allan Ellwood of the Lambton Plowmen’s Association. “They enjoy the comradery, and they have a passion for agriculture,” she says.
The organization began 98 years ago and is looking forward to hosting the Lambton County plowing match on Saturday, September 1st on the farm of Bob Mater.
Registration begins at 9:30am and plowing starts at 10:30, at 6605 Mosside Line in Inwood.
Plowers are sent the prize list and compete at the County match, some looking to move on to all-Canada matches, and some moving on further from there to the international competitions. The criteria for judging the plowing includes straight lines, height and width. “It’s a lot of measuring,” says Allan. Time is also a factor however he says in the County matches they aren’t quite as strict as the Canadian and International competitions.
There are many classes of plowers attending this year’s match, including the antique, junior, Lambton County, and ladies’ classes to name a few. “It’s a hobby,” says Allan. “And a passion. The purpose of our organization is to preserve the past, and the future. We have horse drawn plows, antique plows, and of course some modern plows for those who want to move past the county match.”
This labour of love draws people from all across the county to come out and enjoy the comradery and competition for an agricultural event for the community, along with of course admiring the various classes and styles of the yearly event. Admission is free, and this year the Wyoming Lions Food Booth will be there serving hamburgers and hot dogs. Everyone is welcome.
Tickets are for sale during the match for $20 if you would like to attend the banquet that follows in the evening. The banquet, along with dinner, includes speeches and impromptu questions for some of the competitors.
The local branch meets 3 times a year to plan and organize the event, and husband and wife Allan and Lois Ellwood explain coming to the event is an excellent lesson in agriculture, life on the farm, and the history of plowing. This year they expect about 30-50 in attendance. A lot of work goes into it, but they both agree its well worth it. The two are also looking forward to celebrating the associations 100th year anniversary in 2020 and says they will be planning something special for that milestone.
For more information contact Kody Vandevenne at 519-809-0137, Linda Bryson at 519-828-3311 or Bill Bilton at 519-695-3701.
While the local chapter does not have its own separate website, you can learn more about the history and current information on the association provincially at www.plowingmatch.org