Big Rock Plowing Match set for Sept. 19-21

By on August 11, 2014

BIG ROCK—The weekend of Sept. 19-21 will play host to the 120th annual Plowing Match in Big Rock.

A traditional competition based on Welsh heritage, this event began in 1894 under the direction of Big Rock farmers S.A. Chapman, W.D. Powell, and Walter Scott. Located just west of Aurora on Route 30, this farm show is one of the longest running events of its kind.

Activities get underway on Friday, Sept. 19, with the carnival wristband night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The concession stand will sell hot dogs, chips and pop. This year, Big Rock will welcome back Darrin Lee, who will be the DJ from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Antique Steel and Rubber category plowing begins on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 a.m. A Western & English Horse Show will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. 5-B’s Catering of Waterman at 11:30 a.m. will prepare pork chop and chicken dinners. The Ladies Fair auction will be held at 1:30 p.m., and the Jr. Fair auction will take place at 1 p.m. The round bale roll-off will be at 4 p.m.

Following a community church service on Sunday, Sept. 21, Reuland’s Catering will provide a roast beef dinner starting at 11 a.m. A watermelon-eating contest will also take place at 11 a.m. Plowing will resume at noon, and the 4-H Beef Show will begin at 1 p.m. The Prince and Princess Contest will be at 1:30 p.m., followed by Big Rock Park District Bingo at 2:30 p.m.

A must-see is the craft and art show, included in one of the last Plowing Match festivals held in Illinois. All types of hand-crafted items are available, and the event will include over 50 vendors. For more information, call Jeanne at (630) 556-3779.

Other attractions this weekend include train rides and a horseshoe tournament. For more information. call the following:

• Plowing—(815) 495-9418
• Business Space Rental—(630) 556-3171
• Ladies Fair—(630) 556-4771
• Junior Fair—(630) 556-3171
• Horse Show—(630) 556-3501
• Horseshoe Tournament—(630) 556-3547
• Prince/Princess Contest—(630) 556-3238
• Pedal Tractor Pull—(630) 327-2512
• Tractor Trot 5K fun run—(630) 417-0340