Festival committee’s site visit at High Burnham

The Festival of the Plough Committee visit the site at the High Burnham venue to discuss the lay-outs for this year's Festival.
The Festival of the Plough Committee visit the site at the High Burnham venue to discuss the lay-outs for this year's Festival.

Festival of the Plough Committee members met for a site visit earlier this week to discuss the layout for this year’s event.

They were grateful for the earlier rain that day which had softened the ground making it ideal for the ploughing which takes place on Sunday, September 15, on 75-100 acres of land at High Burnham.

Press secretary Anthony Catherall said: “The forecast seems good for the weekend, that will be wonderful for all the visitors.

“There is a huge car park, some 30 acres, adequate for the needs of our visitors.

“The views southwards are spectacular, in clear weather Lincoln Cathedral can be seen.”

The 33rd Festival of the Plough takes place at High Burnham Farm, courtesy of Simon and Lynn Clark (DN9 1DD, off the A161 near Epworth) and officially opens at 10am with ‘The Blessing of the Plough’.

New attractions have been introduced this year for the thousands of people planning to attend.

Two bands will be playing throughout the day, plus there will be ‘fly ball’ for the many dog owners in the area and a new ‘brick lifting’ competition for men and women.

The Young Farmers will be organising a tug ‘o’ war competition, and organisations that can raise a team should call Tim Durdy on 07533 103021.

For the youngsters there is a ‘climbing wall’ and the return of ‘Topflight Archery’.

Static displays will be both inside in the huge marquees and outside in the fields.

The main thrust of the event is the ploughing competitions, held on several acres of land. Sixteen Shire horses will be taking part, ploughing in pairs with their owners.

Tractor and hand ploughing attracts competitors from far and wide, adn there are 52 entries in the tractor section alone.

Entry is £6 for adults, children under 16 are free.

* See next week’s Doncaster Free Press for news and pictures from this year’s Festival, also a special online video of the event.