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More than 30 years ago, Neil Finlayson and Doug Moore had the idea to take out the old tractors and plows and enjoy the afternoon in the fields.
In 1986 the idea was brought to the newly formed Chateauguay Valley Antique Club and thus plow day became an annual event. Moore said he had the idea because of his love of the antique tractors and he wanted an excuse to put them to work.
An average of 14 tractors show up every year and plow an average of 20 to 30 acres. Different farmers volunteer their fields every year making each year a different experience. Over the past 30 years the biggest turn out that they’ve had was 27 different tractors and plows in the fields.
They travel from as far as L’Assomption, Quebec and as close as just down the road to spend a beautiful afternoon showing off their skills. Plowing is an art and everyone has his or her own special techniques and it is truly an event to watch. It is a cherished event for many of the CVAA members and is looked forward to every year by many.
Bill Barrington remembers his first plow day. “I bought the plow in the morning, and went plowing that afternoon.”
The pioneer of plow day, Moore’s fondest memory was the year he taught his son Fred to plow. Passing on his passion of plowing to the next generation is something that meant a lot to him.
Plow day memories seem to be a family affair. Past president, Denis Faubert’s favorite memory was the time he got to plow with his youngest son Pat.
This year a total of 14 tractors came and plowed a whole of 20 acres at the farm of William Mason’s just outside of Ormstown. The beautiful weather also brought out many spectators of all ages.