Lincoln will be host to the British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival on October 9th and 10th this year. A record crowd is expected to attend this amazing two-day event, which is taking place at Grange-de-Lings, near Lincoln.

The National Ploughing Championships are a highlight of the farming year and this year is the 60th anniversary of the British Championships. The event features various styles of ploughing – modern tractors pulling conventional and reversible ploughs, three classes with vintage tractors pulling trailing, hydraulic and classic ploughs, and horse-drawn ploughs. Visitors can see displays and working demonstrations of vintage tractors and machinery - the earliest dating from 1915, right through to the 1960s - and an increasingly rare opportunity to see giant steam ploughing tackle at work, where a pair of engines stand one at each end of a field and pull a giant plough between them. One of the most popular attractions with spectators is sure to be the heavy horses, which gives visitors the chance to watch the majestic horses at work as these magnificently turned out gentle giants evoke by-gone days when farming was an altogether a slower way of life. Over the last two decades England’s ploughing teams have proved to be one of the most successful across the world. Three past World ploughing champions, three past European champions and eight ex-British champions will be taking part in the event this year. The prize they are all chasing? The honour of representing their country in the 2010 World Ploughing Contest, to be held in Sweden.

Only one lady plougher (or should it be ploughwoman?) is taking part this year – sixteen year-old Emma Davenport from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Emma is one of sixteen young farmers who will be battling for the titles of British Young Farmer’s Champion Ploughman on the first day, and also a chance to compete with the other top qualifiers for a chance to take part in the ‘plough-off’ finals on the second day to find the overall British National Champions. The Championships is very easy to find. It will take place on land directly opposite the Lincolnshire Showground on the A15, just north of Lincoln. It will be well signed from major roads in the vicinity.

Further information can be found on www.ploughmen.co.uk or from the Society of Ploughmen on 01302 852469.