Plowing match hosted in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal
BROUSEVILLE - The Grenville County Plowmen's Association will hold their 98th Annual Plowing Match Saturday, September 30 in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal. Farmer and landowner Thomas Leizert will host this year's event, with the competitions to be held at 3051 County Road 22.
The event will kick off Friday September 29, with the junior match, held in memory of Wilfred Ashby, running from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Admission to Friday's activities is at no charge to spectators. Saturday's event has a $2 admission fee for spectators, and will begin with plowmen registration from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Entry fee is $15/competitor, with the first event set to begin directly following. Classes include jointer plows, horses: sulky plow, tractors and antique plows, tractors: mounted utility, and many more. The VIP and dignitaries class will take place at 1:30 p.m.
Awards and presentations will be made on site. First place will receive $50, second will receive $40 and third and fourth will receive $35 and $30, respectively. All competitors completing a worthy land will receive $25. Ontario Plowmen's Association rules apply to all events, and each competitor may compete in one class only. As a result of recent insurance claims, the Ontario Plowmen's Association requires that each contestant at a county plowing match have at least $2,000,000 liability insurance coverage.
After the plowing events are completed, the Queen of the Furrow and Princess of the Furrow competitions will be held. Winners of the competition visit local events and schools to promote agriculture, and have the option to compete provincially, nationally, and internationally. Each contestant must present a speech and showcase their plowing ability to be eligible to win.
"This event is a way for us to promote and enjoy agriculture and plowing in our area. It gives people a chance to see a bit of what agriculture is about and have some fun. We're thankful to our many wonderful sponsors, and to our gracious host Thomas Liezert," said Secretary Barb Maitland.