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48W445 Hinckley Rd., P.O. Box 206
Big Rock, IL   60511

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Historical Infromation on the Big Rock Plowing Match

In 1895 the first Big Rock Plowing Match was started to provide a competition for farmers to plow against one another. The rules that were established are currently still being followed. Some wording has changed in the rules, but they are basically the same. In 1895 horses and mules were used and while they still have classes for horses and mules, it has been 9 or 10 years since they have had an entry. Shortly after the Plowing Match was established a Ladies Fair was started and it is still active today.

Today they still plow with antique tractors, both steel and rubber tire, and also one and two bottom plows are used.

The Plowing Match was originally held on the 4th Saturday of September. Over the years three other regional matches have stopped their competitions. So 28 years ago, Big Rock moved their plowing match to the weekend in September that includes the third Sunday and in 1950 it was made into a two day event.

Until 1950 a Saturday dinner was cooked at the field where they plowed.. At that time the Big Rock Plowing Match Association purchased 20 acres and started the 2-day event. They also started offering Saturday and Sunday dinners along with a Junior Fair for children to enter, a Horse Show, Beef Show, Carnival, Pedal Tractor Pull, Horseshoe Tournament, and many other activities.

Big Rock has one of the last plowing match competitions still in existence in the US.

Plowing Match Web Site