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Ploughing Competiton this Saturday

LISTEN: Jane Kennedy shares what the competition is all about

The Atholl and Breadalbane Ploughing Society is holding their 35th ploughing competition this Saturday.

They’ll be digging into Mr. Mike McDiarmid’s field at Comrie farm in Keltneyburn, by Aberfeldy, this Saturday (November 6) and tucking into some treats too from 9:30 am.

Secretary of the Atholl and Breadalbane Ploughing Society, Jane Kennedy explained: “The Atholl and Breadalbane Ploughing Society are holding their annual ploughing match, quiches know, been going for thirty-five years under the association, and we’re holding it at Comrie Farm at Keltneyburn, which is curtesy of Mr Mike McDiarmid.

“There will be conventional and reversible ploughs to be seen. The day starts at nine thirty and concludes around two thirty with a prize giving thereafter.”

The competitors are being judged on their range of skills in turning a field to the highest standards.

Jane Kennedy said: “And by half past two, they have to be finished. And then the judges look at all the different aspects from the straightness of the ploughing to how the plough has turned over the ground, how it has hidden any stubble that was in the field before this started. So it’s all quite technical and quite interesting to watch.”

As well as putting on a show for locals to come and see, the society is also going to be offering fresh food and home bakes too.

Jane Kennedy added: “Spectators are always welcome. We don’t charge anything. We have a caterer on site, so there’s always hot soup, pot cups, tea pies, lovely homemade cakes, which are always good to go. And yeah, the caterings there from half past nine, right through until we finished at half past two.”

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