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International Plowing Match May 16

Apr 30th, 2015 | Category: News

LYNDEN – The International Plowing Match will be held Saturday, May 16 at Berthusen Park in Lynden. The International Plowing Association puts on this historic event, and is an active group of volunteers consisting of multi-generational plowing families and people interested in preserving the tradition of the Plowing Match.

COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

According to Northwest Washington Fairground’s history of the event, written in part by Elvina Magill Verduin, residents Cornelius “Cornie” Verduin and Jack Elliott “were driving through the country and admiring the freshly plowed fields, one of them said, “Let’s have a plowing match.” The men were unsure of how to start an event so they traveled to Chilliwack, B.C. where a plowing contest was well established. Members of the Canadian Plowing Society came to Lynden to help with that first match in 1942, held on Depot Road.

For years afterwards matches were held on the property of local families, and then at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds from 1989 until 2009. In 2010, the Plowing Match was moved to Berthusen Park, also home to the Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Association. A list of plowing match champions by year can be found online at the Northwest Washington Fairground’s website under Events, and International Plowing Match (http://nwwafair.com/p/event-calendar/international-plowing-match/274).

Visitors are welcome to watch participants and their draft horses plow fields. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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