Courtesy photo - Plow Match at Howell Living History Farm
Howell Living History Farm will hold its Annual Plowing Match and the public is invited to watch and participate in the event, which features old-fashioned plowing and log pulling competitions, a craft and pony rides for children, and lots of food, music and old fashioned fun.
A dozen teams of draft animals from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York are entered in the match, which tests the performance of farmers, their horses and oxen, and their plows as they turn furrows. Judging will take place from 10am until noon. Winners of the Fine Plowing Class will receive trophies, ribbons and cash prizes.
Members of the general public aged 16 and older can try their hand at plowing in the Visitor Plowing event. Winners receive ribbons.
Sheep, chickens and pigs can be seen in the farmyard area all day.
Beginning at noon, hungry plowers and visitors can lunch on roast pork sandwiches, a chicken BBQ, Kosher franks and Howell Farm potatoes and sweet corn. Noontime festivities will include music by the Jugtown Mountain String Band, door prizes, and plowing award presentations.
After the plowing competition, visitors can watch as teamsters use their animals to navigate an obstacle course.
Cash prizes for professional classes are furnished by the Friends of Howell Farm, and made possible through donations from the Pleasant Valley Vigilant Society and J. & G. Conard of Flemington.