New attractions at the Festival of the Plough

The Festival of the Plough at Epworth.
The Festival of the Plough at Epworth.

This year’s Festival of the Plough - one of the region’s showcase events, will take place on September 15, it has been revealed.

Organisers hope that the popular event to be held at High Burnham Farm, Epworth, will attract even more people than previously to build on over £200,000 raised for local charities so far.

Festival spokesman Anthony Catherall said: “We have added new attractions this year including a fly ball dog event at just one pound per entry. Young Farmers are to organise a tug’o’war competition with further teams invited.

“And close to classic vehicles will be a brick lifting competition for both men and women. The festival is a great day out for all the family.”

The attraction that began in 1980 as a small ploughing competition now has thousands of visitors. There are 20 ploughing, tractor and Shire horse trophies to be awarded. Shire horses are particularly popular with children and are a majestic sight as they work in pairs.

Steam Ploughing (traction engines) and threshing demonstrations add to the live action, and especially for little festival-goers there will be a Best Scarecrow competition, for the Murphy and O’Murchada Cups. To find out more, visit the website