(Words and photos by Greg Rourke) – Indy. Pomona. Bonneville. Daytona. Big Rock. All hotbeds of motorsports. What’s that you say, Big Rock? Allow me to clue you in.
Big Rock, Illinois has hosted a plowing competition for 121 years, which is even longer than I’ve been alive. It started with horses and mules, and moved on to tractors. There’s still a class for horses and mules, but no one has entered one in a few years. While plowing matches were once common, Big Rock is one of the few left.
There are various classes, including for plowmen under age 15, farmers open, and expert plowmen classes. Rubber or steel wheels are given their own classes. If you win two consecutive years you get kicked up a class. The aforementioned mules and horses. Garden tractors run in Novelty class.
Clear your calendar for the third weekend in September next year for the greatest spectacle in motorsports…at least in the greater Tri County area.