Full steam ahead for Festival of the Plough

Prince and Beauty. Picture: Cliff Edwards
Prince and Beauty. Picture: Cliff Edwards
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The Festival of the Plough is back next month, but there are new attractions this year.

And ahead of the show with interest for all ages, Epworth’s shops can get involved with a Plough-themed window dressing competition.

Festival of the Plough 2013. Picture: Cliff Edwards

Festival of the Plough 2013. Picture: Cliff Edwards

This takes place between September 7 and 21 – the latter being the date of the Festival at High Burnham Farm, Epworth. Window dressing packs will be out on September 5 and judging on September 15, the results to be given later inthe Epworth Bells.

The Rotary Club of the Isle of Axholme is helping with this year’s event, and will join the Festival committee in deciding a winner of a trophy. There will also be framed certificates. This time, the Festival of the Plough will have all the old traditional favourites alongside new and exciting activities, including a school’s scarecrow competition.

The event kicks off with the blessing of the plough at 10am, then visitors can expect vintage tractor and horse ploughing, steam threshing, fair organs and a steam carousel, folk and other dance, a craft exhibition, circus workshops and donkey rides, terrier racing and a poultry show, vintage cars and full on-site catering with a beer tent.

Car parking is free and admission for adults £6 including a souvenir handbook. Under 16s go free. All proceeds benefit local charities.

More than 20 shops and businesses are already participating in the window competition, but those who have not yet registered should email Tricia Murphy at tricia@specialvintageteas.co.uk or call 01724 783614.