Dodds, Townsend top Plowing Match standings - Aug. 30, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
Lucas Townsend and Paul Dodds will be representing Huron County in competitive plowing for the next year after claiming victory in the Junior and Senior categories at the 91st annual Huron County Plowing Match.
The match was held on the farm of Stephen Thompson near Clinton last week and saw some prolific local plowers bring home hardware.
Twelve members of the 4-H Sodbusters Club plowed on Thursday, Aug. 23 as part of Junior Day including Seth Ashwin, Chris Baker, Sjoerd Jan DeBoer, Andrew Fear, Darcy Fear, Darnell Francis, Troy Leeming, Elizabeth O’Rourke, John Ryan, Ben Speer, Shawn Steeper and Lucas Townsend.
Townsend brought home the Top 4-H Plowperson Award as well as the Ross Gordon Memorial Award for Top Crown. Francis earned the William Leeming Memorial Award for Top Finish.
On Friday, Townsend continue to accumulate hardware, coming in first in Class #2: Huron County Junior Plowers. The rest of the class included, in finishing order, Andrew Fear, Leeming, Baker, Darcy Fear, Ben Speer and DeBoer.
Class #4, the Huron County Green Class, which is limited to Junior plowers under 15 years of age, was won by Ashwin with Ryan coming second.
Class #5, the Huron County Senior Class (plowers over 21 years of age) was captured by perennial winner Paul Dodds, who edged out Shawn Ryan.
Class #6, Open Junior for plowers aged 9 to 20, was won by Francis, followed by Meghan Cameron, Alex Cameron and Luke Wardell.
Class #7, the Open Senior (over 20) two furrow plow class, was captured by John Urqhart. Second was Kody Vandevenne and third was John Johnston.
Class #8, Open Three Furrow Plow, saw Anthony Bertrand emerge victorious in front of Riley Terpstra and Daryl Terpstra.
Class #9, Reversible Plow, was taken by Gerald Corbett.
Ken Milligan was first in Class #10, the Antique Trail Plow. Milligan was followed by Richard Elliot, Jack Elliot and Tom Thede.
The Antique Mounted Plow Class (Class #11) was won by Allan Elmwood. Following Elmwood, in order of finishing, were Paul Hodgson, Jim Cox, Jim Brush, Brian Helka and John Milligan.
Class #12A, Horse Ploughing – Sulky, was won by Jordan Shortreed with Jim Shortreed capturing second.
John DeKroon took Class 13, Horse Ploughing – Walking.
Several awards were handed out at the gala dinner on Friday evening:
• The McGavin Family Award was presented to Andrew Fear.
• Ken Milligan received the Don Dodds Award. He also received the Antique Ploughing Champion Award.
• John Ryan received the Val-Lea Farms Award.
• The Best Going Plough Team Award was presented to John DeKroon.
• Lucas Townsend was named Huron Junior Champion with Andrew Fear as reserve.
• Paul Dodds was named Huron Senior Champion with Shawn Ryan as reserve.
• The Most Original Unrestored Tractor award went to the Thompson Family.