Sunday 19 October 2014

Concours de labours

Every September one of the local farmers gives up a field to hold the Charnizay ploughing competition. Last month the weather was good and under a hazy sunny sky the furrows were drawn and judged. The 'concours', or competition, wasn't far from our house so we went and had a look.

All gathered round the refreshment tent before the off

Beginning to line up at their appointed markers

And .... thery're off!

 Big brother and little brother

In fact, although it is very hard to see, in the smaller yellow wheeled tractor on the left [photo above] are two people; a local farmer Christoph Bardon and his 11yr old niece, NoƩmie. Though she needed his help to reach the pedals, she did the driving and drawing of the furrows. She's got talent as she won the competition and made the news in the local paper!

There were tractors of all ages and sizes

There were also 4 entries in the 'motoculteurs' category. Tilling with one of these looked to be hard work! They too were keenly overseen by friends and judges.

Judges with clipboards at the ready.

The day ended with a 'moules frites' dinner and the handing out of the prizes in the marquee down by the Aigronne.

When I spoke to Christoph recently - we buy pork from him - he told me that next year the concours will be held on one of his fields. The farmers all take it in turn as the competition isn't the kindest treatment for a field.


Vera said...

Now that would have been an interesting day out! I must keep an eye out in our area to see if we have a similar competition, perhaps try to encourage Lester to participate?!!!

Niall & Antoinette said...

Vera - It was good fun to watch. Should think it is quite likely that a village in your area has one of these competitions as well.

the fly in the web said...

I used to enjoy these met everyone, heard all the stories...good fun.

Tim said...

I can vouch that ploughing with a two wheel tractor is hard work...
VERY hard work on the stoney soil we have here...
seeing it done on the sandy soil over by Abilly makes it look a doddle!!

They are fun events...
although EVERYONE takes it verrry, verry, very seriously!!!!!!
Don't they?

rusty duck said...

Bravo to Noemie... That must have raised a few eyebrows.

Perpetua said...

Well done, Noemie - talent indeed. I haven't seen one of these competitions in our area of France (not enough arable, I think), but enjoy the demonstrations of traditional horse-drawn ploughing we get at some of the village fetes.