Plough’s about that for a great family day out? - Slideshow

FAMILY furrowing fun was had by all at the 32nd annual Festival of the Plough.

Despite a bumpy road ahead of the festival, including a tough harvest, bad weather and even some of the stalls getting blown over, hundreds flocked to see the traditional farming competitions, vintage engines and animal displays at High Burnham, near Epworth.

Festival of the Plough 2012. Attempting to keep the horses under control.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Festival of the Plough 2012. Attempting to keep the horses under control. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Highlights for visitors to the popular festival included two steam engines which had been brought in to plough some land untouched since the first world war as well as a vintage car rally.

And for those wanting to observe the ploughing itself they could choose from horse drawn, steam and tractor powered options, with young and old taking part to show off their skills in the field.

John Smith, Chairman of the Festival of the Plough, said: “After the difficult harvest and weather conditions preparing for the festival we were blessed with a fine day.

“A big thank you to all the hard working committee and volunteers for all they do.

“Also thank you to the general public and everyone for their loyal support.”

Visitors to the festival also were invited to take part in the blessing of the plough at the opening of the day as well as getting crafty on a number of activity stalls, and the chance to test their luck in the raffle.

Proceeds from the raffle will be split between good causes, which in recent years have seen Haxey Pre School, Crowle Blind Group and West Butterwick Youth Group as beneficiaries - with over £190,000 raised for good causes since it started in 1980.

Despite good weather on the day, it is suspected the number of people attending the festival was slightly down on last year, although official statistics on the day have not yet been finalised.

To find out more about the Festival of the Plough visit the website at Festival of the Plough


Best Oatseed Furrow (Horse Ploughing) - Mike Bingham

Best General Purpose (Horse Ploughing) - 1st Steve Glavin, 2nd Colin and John Taylor, 3rd Peter and Carol Coates

Best Overall Horse Ploughman - Steve Glavin

Best Turned Out Pair of Horses - Mike Bingham

Youngest Horse Ploughman - Caroline Stubbins

Best Horse Ploughing by a Lady Competitor - Caroline Stubbins

Best Vintage Tractor Ploughman Open Class - 1st Brian Curtis, 2nd F. Millington, 3rd J. Horn

Best Vintage Tractor Ploughman Novice Class - 1st R. Maxfield, L. Thornton, P. Atkinson

Best Overall Tractor Ploughman - Brian Curtis

Best work done by a Crawler Tractor - 1st J.Crowder, 2nd C. Armstrong, C. Johnson

Best work done by a Garden Tractor - 1st Dave Parkin, 2nd Peter Cotton, 3rd P. Lyon

Best turned out Vintage Tractor - P. Ramsey

Best Local Ploughman - Dave Parkin

Youngest Tractor Ploughman - Jake Maxfield

Best Working Stationary Engine - David and Andrew Fox

Best Static Tractor - Arnold Pawson

Ferguson Tractor - 1st C.J Rainthorpe, 2nd J.D Lingard, 3rd B Clark