Mullahead & District Annual Ploughing Match, held on the beautiful Richardson Estate, Portadown, has become a much anticipated event in the farming calendar, both locally and across the British Isles.
The annual event, which will celebrate its Centenary Match on Saturday 28th February, has grown from just a small group of local farmers in 1912 into the largest one day event of its kind in the British Isles, offering much more than just ploughing.
Hard work and dedication from the members of Mullahead and District Ploughing Society, alongside sponsorship in recent years from Tesco NI and the local councils (Armagh City and District Council, Banbridge District Council and Craigavon Borough Council) has seen the event flourish and become a valuable tourist event in the local calendar.
This year the event will play host to the 15th Ulster Horse Ploughing Championships, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, the 13th All Ireland Ferguson Ploughing Championships and the fiercely competitive Tractor Pulling Competition - a real test of both machine and driver.
Alongside the spectacle of the competitions, visitors are treated to a huge variety of trade stands as well as the ever popular “Tesco Tent”, featuring delicious wares from local food producers and cookery demonstrations throughout the day. 2015 brings the addition of a Craft Village, full to the brim of local craftsmen and women showcasing their unique talents and skills, some perhaps more commonly seen 100 years ago! Wannabe fashionistas are encouraged to stop by the “Fashion at Mill Farm” fashion show, featuring the best retailers from the surrounding areas, and will be given the opportunity to win £100 worth of vouchers to spend in a store of their choice. For those, with window shopping inclinations of another kind, the extensive machinery display showcases a variety of different makes and models from local machinery dealers. Organisers have been keen to make the event as family friendly as possible, and 2015 sees the addition of a children’s marquee, complete with petting farm, face painting and competitions. The U105 Roadshow will be broadcasting live from the Ploughing Match, as well as giving away a number of passes in the run up to the event.
Fashion at Mill Farm
This unique fashion event is new for 2015 and cements Mullahead’s links with surrounding towns by bringing the town to the country for the day. 12 local fashion retailers are preparing their most fabulous of outfits for the models (provided by the NI School of Modelling) to strut their stuff on the Fashion at Mill Farm catwalk. Popular NI model, CC Harriet will compere the event and allow visitors the opportunity to take the weight off their feet and plan a new wardrobe for the all family. Fashion on show from; F&F (Tesco), Rhubarb (Portadown), Little Boutique (Lurgan), Bella Marie (Gilford), The Bottom Drawer (Portadown), The Wardrobe, Sitara Morgan, The Equestrian Store, JR McMahon, NV/Gino and Statement Menswear (all Portadown).
Town Planner for Portadown and Lurgan, Lyn McNeil commented: “This event is the perfect opportunity for the most stylish collaboration between the town centres and the 100th Anniversary of the Mullahead & District Ploughing Match. I’d call on all fashionista’s out there to check out the latest looks for Spring and Summer 2015 at this amazing pop up show.”
This competition, is the Formula 1 of tractor driving and is one of Mullahead’s biggest attractions. The sport involves a tractor, pulling a weighted sled as far as they can along a track, which is never as simple as it sounds. The competition is a test of both machine and driving skill, with competitors tweaking both their tractors and tactics for months before Mullahead. Mullahead and District Ploughing Society are pleased to announce, Portadown based Civil Engineering and Waste Management specialists, R Heatrick Ltd, as the sponsor of the event for 2015. Trevor Heatrick commented: “We have all grown up with Mullahead happening on our doorstep and look forward to the event every year. Tractor drivers come from far and wide to compete in the Tractor Pulling, all aspiring to win at the biggest event of its kind. We are delighted to be involved this year as a sponsor for such a prestigious event.”