With many ploughmen and women acutely disappointed at the cancellation of this autumns round of local and national ploughing matches, a novel way of circumnavigating the problem has been reached with the introduction of Vplough 20 a virtual ploughing match with judging taking place on the 26th September.
Whilst the decisions the many Societies and Associations have made are of course sensible and necessary, the ploughing match season is a great social time for many, and the events will be sorely missed by competitors and supporters alike.
Many of the organising bodies raise a great deal of money for local and national charities as well, without this vital source of funding from events and fundraising efforts, all 23 Air Ambulance Charities have seen their income plummet over the past months, and so VPlough has been designed to fill part of that void and help them to continue to provide a vital service nationwide.
VPlough is a fully virtual event that will allow visitors to see all the competitors work and interact with them and each other. Entrants have a choice of 28 classes to choose from including ploughing and machinery showing. There is also a Steam Rally field which brings together a myriad of photographs and videos from the countrywide steam engine community.
Entrants will be able to select the air ambulance charity they want to send their entry fee to and the name of that charity will appear under the entry once it goes live on the website. If you wish to enter in any of the classes please follow the links on the website Vplough 20
The event will be judged virtually by a team of experienced and knowledgeable judges and awards given for best in class, and while the event cannot replace a real ploughing match, we hope it will be a fun event to participate in, as well as raise money for our much valued air ambulance services.
Entries for the Ploughing Classes and Machinery Showing Classes are now OPEN so there is no need to leave the tractors and ploughs in the shed this year.
If anyone would like to offer show or individual class sponsorship – please email: [email protected]