The machinery is gone and the dust has settled, but the memory of the Wellington County Plowing Match will remain. This was an extra special match for the Harriston area as it had been held on the same Clyne family farm 72 years ago.
The fear of all outdoor events is rain, and at a plowing match that spells mud. But the ground was perfect for tilling, and as the various makes and models of both antique and newer tractors plowed up and down the rows it made a patchwork quilt of the field, with the horses and walking plows designing the binding.
Prizes were awarded both in and out of the county. Many of these participants are vying for a spot at the International Plowing Match and to qualify they must accumulate points from various county matches. Accolades were also given to the Queen of the Furrow contestants as they took their tillage turn as well as some brave members of our municipal governments.
The Plowman’s Banquet and Awards Night was held October 14th at the Alma Community Hall. As guests mingled before dinner they were able to enjoy many displays and an ongoing video of the match day.
In his welcoming remarks President Carmen Weppler told the gathering that last year’s Queen of Wellington Furrows, Cassandra Chornoby, was among the top five contestants at the International Plowing Match.
He also indicated that Wellington County is prepared to put in a bid to host the 2016 International Match. To support that quest a call is going out for a Financial Advisor and a Chairman.
While thanking everyone who helped make the event a success at their farm, host Keith Clyne ended his remarks by saying “It was a great achievement, same as when Grampa had it back in 1939, and hopefully we can do it again in another 72 years”.
In addition to the prize awards from the August plowing, the Queen of the Furrow competition causes much excitement. Following her end-of-reign remarks, 2010 outgoing monarch Cassandra Chornoby crowned her newly-selected replacement Krista Fraser. Krista will wear the Wellington banner representing the Plowmen’s Association to many events, promoting agriculture throughout the county in 2012.