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PHOTOS: Turning the sod on the 100th annual Chilliwack Plowing Match

1,000 people came out to celebrate a century of competitive plowing in Chilliwack

About 1,000 people came out to celebrate a century of competitive plowing in Chilliwack on Saturday.

The 100th annual Chilliwack Plowing Match took place at Greendale Acres, home of the Chilliwack Corn Maze, on April 2.

Organizers said they were amazed by the incredible turnout of folks who came out to see the historic farming event.

“We’re very, very happy with the turnout,” said Vanessa Oddy, co-owner of Greendale Acres. “It was a lovely way of getting the community together.”

She said it was “beautiful” to see how the old and new generations of farming came together for the centennial plowing match and she’s hoping the tradition will continue for years to come.

The annual Chilliwack Plowing Match, which started in 1923, is a big part of Chilliwack’s farming history. In the 1950s there were more than 55 competitors and over 3,000 spectators.

For the 100th match on April 2, there were about 20 farmers competing in horse plow, antique tractors and conventional tractors from Chilliwack, Agassiz and throughout B.C.

READ MORE: Farmers, horses, tractors lined up for 100th Chilliwack Plowing Match


 

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Jenna Hauck

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I started my career at The Chilliwack Progress in 2000 as a photojournalist.
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