Plowing Match a credit to local youth: Vincent - Aug. 30, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
The Huron County Plowing Match, held on the Thompson family farm just outside of Clinton, was a success on all fronts according to Huron County Plowmen’s Association President Margaret Vincent.
Vincent said both the site and the weather were ideal for the event.
“Thompson’s farm was great, and a good example of what a farm needs to be for holding the event,” she said. “It’s also a great example of a farm family taking pride in their land.”
The weather was made-to-order, Vincent said, as she couldn’t have asked for anything better for the event or days leading up to it.
“Having had the rain earlier in the week, the field conditions were good,” she said. “The day of the match we had a nice, gentle breeze, throughout the day.”
She said that, as far as competition was concerned, all aspects of the show were well represented.
“Both days went very well,” she said in an interview with The Citizen. “There was an excellent showing by the Sodbusters 4-H Club and the Princess contestants on Junior Day on Thursday. On Friday, there were great conditions which made for great plowing.”
Vincent said that Thursday especially showed how rural life and events like the plowing match are in good hands with the youth of today.
“With the Sodbusters coming up and the Princess of the Furrow contestants, we have a lot to look forward to,” she said. “The Sodbusters show that plowing is alive and well and the Princess contestants had strong speeches showing an obvious passion for agriculture as well as good judgement and rural knowledge. The future is looking bright.”
Jaden Shortreed of RR3 Walton was named Princess at the match and for the first time the contest also awarded a runner-up prize.
Vincent, during the event, explained that with the addition of the Princess of the Furrow competition to the International Plowing Match, having a backup makes sense in case the winner can’t participate in that event.
The first-ever Princess runner-up was Dublin-area contestant Caitlin McKercher.
On Friday, the Queen of the Furrow competition saw contestants deliver prepared speeches, plow and participate in an impromptu speaking competition.
Brussels-area contestant Loretta Higgins captured the crown over two other contestants.