Hundreds of Farmers in the Sate of Ohio converged recently on the town of Van Wert for the United States National Ploughing Championships.
TGV & GV People gathered at fair (3 shots)
SV Farmers with their farming machines (2 shots)
SV Donkey at work
SV Tractors arrive for contest (2 shots)
GV People walking across field (3 shots)
CU & SV Contestants preparing for contest (2 shots)
SV Girl comes on to tractor
SV tractor ploughing at contest
SCU Official with pad
SV Official judging contest
SV Girl ploughing at contest (3 shots)
SV Man ploughing at contest (3 shots)
CU Man speaks
Initials ET/1947 ET/2034
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Background: Hundreds of Farmers in the Sate of Ohio converged recently on the town of Van Wert for the United States National Ploughing Championships.
The organisers manage to combine this down-to-earth sporting event with a farmers' fair, giving the visitors the opportunity of seeing the nation's best ploughman - and their machines - in action.
the contest is far from plain ploughing. It's an intricate skill, cultivated and revered in the farming States for more than a century. Each furrow is carefully inspected by the judges, and the slightest fault means a loss of points.
The American farmers aren't chauvinistic about their skill. Traditionally, the womenfolk have taken their turn at the plough .....and so it is today. The only change being the implements themselves - horses have given way to horsepower.
A transcript of the comments on film by a contest judge appears below:
"Well, we look for straightness of furrow......whether the furrow headland has been completely covered over with trash."
SYNOPSIS: The town of Van Wert, Ohio, was the scene of the United Sates National Ploughing championships, held in conjunction with a rural fair.
On display at the fair was a selection of farming implements - both old and new.
However, after looking at the machinery and swapping tales about this year's weather and harvest, the farmers settled down to watch one of their additional sporting spectacles.
The farmers have never been chauvinist about their ploughing.......and this egalitarian spirit extends to the contest.
There's more to the contest than ploughing a straight line. the rules are precise and the judges strict. These farmers and their encysts have been ploughing the American soil for generations. The task of finding the best ploughman cannot be left to chance.
The judges measure the furrows down to fractions of an inch. The slightest fault and the competitors are penalised heavily.
To the city-dweller, ploughing might simply be a boring everyday rural task. But for the farmers, it's an art....and prido in the art is part of what keeps them going.