Tractor fans gather for ploughing contest

Colac and District Ploughing Association treasurer Hugh Riches.

COLAC and district ploughers will gather at Larpent this weekend for the Colac and District Ploughing Association’s annual contest.

Treasurer Hugh Riches said there would be two features of the contest – an open section with modern tractors and a vintage section with “old tractors and old ploughs”.

Mr Riches said he expected about five competitors in the modern section and twelve in the vintage feature.

He said the vintage contest’s popularity was a “sign of the times”.

“Some of the farmers reminisce about the old tractors they used to have,” he said.

Mr Riches said the contest was the second for the year, after heavy rain

caused the cancelation of last year’s competition.

Competitors will travel from across the state for the competition, which is from 11am until 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

“This is really a local match but it also goes up to a national level and if you’re successful at a national level you go off to the world match,” Mr Riches said.

“It’s our sport – you’re not competing with one another, you’re competing with the ground,” he said.

Mr Riches said competitors would have three hours to plough a 100-metre-by-20-metre area.

“There is a time limit, you don’t gain points for doing it quicker but you start losing points if you take too long,” he said.

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