Ploughing at the East Kent Ploughing Match
Before the match entries are sorted into the appropriate classes, for example the number of furrows. In the run up to the match day the field is marked out by the stewards with the width to plough related to the number of furrows being used. For example 10 furrows wide per furrow and depending on available room approximately 100 metres in length. Each ploughman uses the equipment that they would use in their every day work.
On the day
On the morning of the match the ploughmen report to the ploughing stewards and are sent off to their various classes. The class steward then does the draw, reads the rules and organises the ploughmen to their appropriate plots. After the morning ploughing takes place and a winner is declared from each class. The judging is mainly done by members of other ploughing societies. The class winners go on to compete in the afternoon with another set of judges, afterwhich the overall winner for the day is announced, both for the commercial and vintage sections.