Westhoughton ploughing competition is back
BOLTON’S annual ploughing competition will take place tomorrow (SUN) — providing the rain stays away.
Competitors will arrive from far and wide to show off their ploughing prowess at Brinsop Hall farm, off the A6 in Westhoughton.
This will be the fifth event to be held in Bolton after Blackrod town councillor and former farmer, Graham Farrington, revived the competition following a 50 year break.
There used to be regular ploughing events held in Blackrod until the 1920s, in which Mr Farrington’s father competed.
The Westhoughton Ploughing Society continued to hold competitions but the group became defunct after the last contest in 1959.
On Sunday, the competition will see a range of different classes for farmers to compete in, including young farmers, trailer ploughs, classic ploughs and hydraulic ploughs.
There will be a special cup and a small amount of prize money awarded to the winner of each category.
Cllr Farrington said: “This competition draws a lot of people together from all around — whether it’s farmers or tractor enthusiasts, it should be a really good event.
“Ploughing is an old tradition amongst the farming community and it is still relevant today — everyone wants to be the best plough man.”
But Mr Farrington pointed out that a good contest is reliant on the weather.
He added: “We are really hoping for a nice, dry day.”
According to the Met Office, the organisers have reasons to be hopeful — the Westhoughton area can expect temperatures of up to 18C tomorrow with just a 20 per cent chance of rain.
The event will begin at 10am and competitions will last until about 2pm, with prizegiving taking place at 3pm.
And after the competitors have built up a hearty appetite they can plough their way through a free hot pot.
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