• Short Summary

    Hundreds of Farmers in the Sate of Ohio converged recently on the town of Van Wert for the United States National Ploughing Championships.

  • Description

    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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAECK9C3UNQ7U9XPGK62EQRE575
    Media URN:
    VLVAECK9C3UNQ7U9XPGK62EQRE575
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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