It was originally formed by a group of Cheshire farmers to settle an argument about who had the best ploughmen and hedgelayers, this was in the days when large numbers of people were employed on the land and all the ploughing was done using horses.
It now tours the county and has a different venue every year. There have naturally been enormous changes during the last 100 years and the best way to see this is to visit this year’s Match.
Over 120 trade stands give a great insight into Cheshire farming, both for the professional and anyone with an interest in agriculture. This means The Cheshire Ploughing Match is the largest purely agricultural show in the county, if not the largest demonstration area in the North West of England.
The biggest attraction has to be the horse ploughing, it is a wonderful spectacle to see these magnificent horses at work.
Another craft being kept alive and on the increase is hedgelaying, to see these men and women turning an old hedge into one that will last for years is worth the trip alone.
The standard of ploughing in the vintage and classic tractors will as usual be very high, with approximately 100 entries this is one of the largest competitions in the country.
The Society also runs a youth match and courses on ploughing and hedgelaying in the winter months.