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Big Rock Plowing Match - September 16-18, 2016


SEPTEMBER 16-18, 2016


On September 16 through 18, Big Rock, Illinois will play host to the 122nd annual Plowing Match.  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 just west of Aurora on state highway 30, this farm show is one of the longest running events of its kind. 


Activities get under way on Friday, September 16th with the carnival wristband night from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.  The Concession stand will be open selling hot dogs, chips, and pop. 


Antique Steel and Rubber category plowing begins on Saturday, September 17th at 9:30am.  A Western & English Horse Show will begin on Saturday at 8:30am and will continue until 5:00pm.   5 B’s Catering of Waterman starting at 11:30am will prepare delicious pork chop & chicken dinners.  The Ladies Fair auction will be held on Saturday at 1:30pm and Jr. Fair auction at 1:00pm.  The round bale roll-off will be at 4pm. 


Following a community church service on Sunday, September 18th, 5 B’s Catering will provide a Roast Beef Dinner this year starting at 11:00am.  Watermelon eating contest will be at 11am.  Plowing will resume on Sunday at 12:00 noon and the 4-H Beef Show will begin at 1:00pm.  The Prince and Princess Contest will be at 1:30pm followed by the Big Rock Park District bingo at 2:30pm.


A truly must see is our craft and art show, it is included in one of the last Plowing Match Festivals held in Illinois.  We have all types of hand crafted items and we have over 50 vendors.  The crafts & vendors show is held in the park, settled in amongst the festival activities.  If you enjoy a home town festival, you must visit The Big Rock Plowing Match.  Saturday, Sept. 17th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20th, 11 am to 4 pm.  For more information contact Dawn Stegall at 630-556-4949 or email


Again this year the prize winning entries of the Vegetable & Grain Show will be sold by silent auction. Stop by the tent frequently to place your bids. Winning bids will be determined at 1:00 pm Sunday and must be paid and picked up by 2:00 pm. All proceeds go to the Big Rock Plowing Match Association. 


Other attractions this weekend include train rides, and horseshoe tournament. 


For more information call the following; Plowing, Business Space Rental, Ladies Fair, Junior Fair, Horse Show, Horseshoe Tournament, Prince and Princess Contest, Pedal Tractor Pull and much much more see our website for all the details



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