Ray Ramey of Agassiz chugs along in his antique 1919 Titan tractor at a previous Chilliwack Plowing Match. The 97th annual Chilliwack Plowing Match will run April 6 at the Chilliwack Corn Maze. Jenna Hauck/ Progress file

Popular plowing match returns to Chilliwack for 97th year

Draft horses, a mayors’ competition and antique tractors all make annual event a big draw

One of the longest standing local farming traditions is the spring plowing match.

And just on schedule, the 97th annual Chilliwack Plowing Match will hit the fields on Saturday, April 6. This year’s event will take place at the Chilliwack Corn Maze for the first time, providing plenty of parking, and a ton of good family fun on the grounds as well.

The event features the B.C. Plowing Championships, draft horses, and tractor classes, as well as a reversable plow class and horseshoe demonstrations. This year’s draft horse judge is Sam Mingham, from Sorrento, and Rosedale’s Jim Sache will judge tractors alongside Lynn McDonald from Olds, Alta.

The competitions are always a popular spectator event, with restored antique tractors working fields, beautiful draft horses pulling plows, and even modern tractors. And mayors and councillors from Chilliwack, Harrison, Hope, Abbotsford, Agassiz and Mission are always on hand to compete in a special mayors’ class.

The action all starts at 10:30 a.m.

Admission for adults is $5, but children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the event, visit www.chilliwackplowingmatch.com.

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