Photo: The 118th annual Big Rock Plowing Match will take place on Sept. 14, 15 and 16. It is one of the longest running annual events in the state with something for everyone including a ladies fair, junior fair, craft, art and antique show, a horseshoe tournament, rides and much more. Courtesy Photo
Big Rock—Big Rock will host the 118th annual Big Rock Plowing Match on Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16, at Plowman’s Park in Big Rock.
A traditional competition based on Welsh heritage, this event began in 1894 under the direction of Big Rock farmers S.A. Chapman, W.D. Powell and Walter Scott. Located west of Aurora on Route 30, this farm show is one of the longest running events of its kind.
Activities get underway Friday, Sept. 14, with the carnival wristband night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dave’s Pizza will be there, and the concession stand will be open selling hot dogs, chips and pop.
This year, Darrin Lee will return to serve as DJ on opening night, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Antique Steel and Rubber category plowing begins on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9:30 a.m. A Western & English Horse Show will begin on Saturday at 8:30 a.m., and will continue until 5 p.m.
5 B’s Catering of Waterman, Ill., starting at 11:30 a.m., will prepare pork chop and chicken dinners.
The Ladies Fair auction will be held on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and the Jr. Fair auction will begin at 1 p.m.
The round bale roll-off will be at 6 p.m. this year. Carnival rides will be open until 9 p.m.,and wristbands will be available for purchase all day.
Pleasant House Bakery will be on hand from 5 to 9 p.m., with its wood burning oven to make pizzas and provide desserts. The Wooden Rockers will performing on the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. as well.
Following a community church service on Sunday, Sept. 16, Reuland’s Catering will provide a roast beef dinner starting at 11 a.m. The watermelon eating contest will be at 11 a.m. Plowing will resume on Sunday at noon, and the 4-H Beef Show will begin at 1 p.m. The Prince and Princess Contest will be at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Big Rock Park District Bingo game at 2:30 p.m.
The craft and art show will include hand-crafted items from more than 50 vendors. The show coincides with various festival activities.
For information, visit BigRockPlowingMatch.com.
Schedule of Events
• Friday, Sept. 14
5:15 p.m. Bicycle Parade (begins at fire barn)
6 to 9:30 p.m. Carnival Wristband Night
6 to 9:30 p.m. DJ: Premier Entertainment by Darrin Lee
• Saturday, Sept. 15
8:30 a.m. Western & English Horse Show
9 a.m. Tractor Trot – 5K fun run
9 a.m. Horseshoe Tournament
9 a.m. Drawing for Lands
9:30 a.m. Plowing
11 a.m. Children’s Races (in the cattle ring)
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
5-B’s BBQ Pork Chop & Chicken Dinner
1 p.m. Junior Fair Baked Goods Auction
1:30 p.m. Ladies Fair Baked Goods Auction
2:30 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull (in the cattle ring)
3:30 p.m. Plowing Trophy Presentation
5 to 9 p.m. Pleasant House Bakery—
6 p.m. Round Bale Roll-off (in the cattle ring)
6 to 9 p.m. Wooden Rockers perform on stage
• Sunday, Sept. 16
10 a.m. Church Service
10:30 a.m. Drawing for Lands
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reuland’s Catering
Roast Beef Dinner
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watermelon Eating Contest
Noon Horseshoe Tournament
1 p.m. Farmers Market Auction
(grain/veg. show tent)
1 p.m. 4-H Beef Show (in the cattle ring)
1:30 p.m. Prince and Princess Contest
2:30 p.m. Bingo—
Big Rock Park District (pavilion)
3 p.m. 4-H Beef Auction (in the cattle ring)
4:30 p.m. Plowing Trophy Presentation
6 to 9:30 p.m.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6 to 9:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Craft, Art and Antique Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.