After the cancellation of so many ploughing matches this autumn all over the UK,
it was a pleasure to travel to St Monans, in Fife, over the weekend of October 26th/27th for the 57th Scottish Nationals, held at Bowhouse Farm and hosted by the Anstruther family. Even better to be greeted by dry fields and near-perfect match conditions, although a nearby field of spring wheat was still awaiting the combine.
Roy and I organised and manned the FFA stand, with great help all weekend from organiser Bill Ironside and his family, from the topside of Aberdeen.
The site was a large one, split by a main road, so the courtesy trailers were much appreciated as the furthest fields were half a mile away. The space was needed, though, as the event also hosted the European Vintage finals. There were 38 ploughmen in five classes, some ploughing over the two days, and it was great to see so many different tractors and ploughs.
Attractions included steam ploughing and, on the second day, shire horses at work. There was also a variety of main dealers supporting the event and demonstrating equipment, with New Holland represented by Fife Tractors. All sorts of stalls were both on the fields and in the large farm buildings, flour was being milled from the farm's wheat crop and there was also an on-site brewery. The latter came into its own on Saturday night, when the music started!
It was good for the FFA to be at its first Scottish Nationals, to meet with members and to welcome new ones into the fold in what turned out to be a totally dry and busy weekend. We are already looking forward to next year's event, which will be held in Ayrshire.
Well Done to David Thomlinson, the Overall Classic Class Champion
with his fine  Ford 3000
Words & Photos: Phil Gibson & Roy Cowgill