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CHILLIWACK PLOWING MATCH

102nd Chilliwack Plowing Match

April 6th, 2024

Join us for the 102nd Annual Chilliwack Plowing Match on Saturday, April 6th 2024 from 9am – 3pm at Greendale Acres.
This special family friendly event will be a good old fashioned day on the farm.
Join us as we celebrate Chilliwack’s rich farming history

EVENT DETAILS

Saturday April 6th, 9am – 3pm

Tickets include:

  • Admission to the plowing competition
  • Access to Greendale Acres fun attractions
  • Animal displays
  • Spectator viewing areas
  • Tractor wagon rides (weather dependent)
  • Ferrier demonstrations
  • U-plow/Try a plow: Anyone welcome to try plowing
  • Pancake breakfast by donation
    (Chilliwack Bowls of Hope)
  • Games and more!  

Tickets:
$12 per ticket (ages 3-64)
$8 per ticket (ages 65-74)
Free for guests 2& under and 75+
available online and at the door. 
Purchase tickets online to guarantee your spot on the farm.

How a plowing competition works

The skill of plowing has traditionally been the foundation for successful farming. Plowing matches have been part of the rural scene for a very long time, in the early days a champion plowman could expect a better wage than his fellows. The plow is still used as the primary cultivator of farmland today, despite our age with greater technological and computerization, the basic design of the plow remains largely unchanged.

The 102nd Chilliwack Plowing Match will draw plowmen from a wide area across BC who bring a mix of modern and vintage equipment to compete in different classes and put their skills against one another. Judges will score plowmen on crown, straightness and firmness just to name a few. A perfect score will land you 100 points.

Plowing Competition Classes & Scoring

Class 1 – Horses: Open to all competitors. Canadian style of walking plow. Skimmer recommended.
Class 2 – Horses: Novice competitors. Canadians style of walking plow. Skimmer recommended.
Class 3 – Horses: Open to all competitors. Riding/sulky plows.
Class 4 – tractors: open to all competitors. 12”, 14” or 16”. Two bottom plows.
Class 5- Junior Tractor: competitors under age 16. Adult helper permitted. Full plot.
Class 6 – Antique tractor: Open to all competitors. Trailing plows.
Class 7 – 3 rounds beginners: open to Juveniles. Crown made in advance.
Class 8- elected officials or community leaders: Open to elected officials or community leaders of Abbotsford, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison, Hope, and Mission.
Class 9 – BC senior championships: Canadian plowing rules
Class 10- BC junior champions: Under 21 years old. Canadian plowing rules.
Class 11- Reversible

The point scoring is based on the following:

20 points – crown
20 points – firmness and packing
20 points – finish
15 points – straightness
15 points – covering weeds
10 points – general appearance
100 points – total

EVENT HISTORY

The Chilliwack Plowing Match was established in 1923 and has been running every year consecutively until 2020 when Covid19 restricted the event to take place. Without this minor break, the society would have been operating the event for 101 consecutive years. The annual match is a big part of Chilliwack’s farming history.  In the 1950’s there were over 55 competitors and over 3,000 spectators. The whole town used to shut down on plowing match day!

More Attractions at Greendale Acres

Animal Friends
Jumping Pillow & Playground
Ropes Course & Tire Pyramid
Barn Activities & Hay Maze
Flora On The Farm
Fire Pit Rentals
Farm Food Specials
Petal Cart Track & More