When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row.
~ Alice Paul
I'm sure there is a good reason why we don't see many horse drawn plows in the fields these days...but it is a lovely sight...wouldn't you agree?
Though I have grown up in this farming community...and have heard all about the local plowing match every spring...
...this is as close as I have ever been! It just so happened that the plowing match was just down the road this past weekend...and so I snapped a picture as I passed by.
It seems that some of my friends are more keen to learn about 'preserving the art of tilling the soil' and actually spent some time on site. Thanks to Linda...I have a additional photos...and know a little more about what happened next door on Saturday.
The farmers I know are usually looking to update their old equipment...but it seems the plowing match is about using the tried and true.
It was the 88th annual plowing competition in our area...and showcased antiques and draft horses. The mayors of local communities were also invited to put their hand to the plow. Now that is one event I would have liked to witness. Our mayor is skilled at many things...but I'm not sure plowing would be high on her priority list!
The weather held out...the field next door is nicely plowed with very straight furrows...and a few of our local plowing heroes will be going on to compete at the nationals and abroad.
When they put their hand to the plow...they do it well!