THE 2013 ploughing season will get underway in north Kerry this Sunday, January 20, when Abbeydorney Ploughing Society hosts its annual match at Corridan's lands, Ballysheen.
At 12 noon, Fr Denis O'Mahony will bless the field, having celebrated mass for all deceased ploughmen and women of the parish in St Bernard's church Abbeydorney the previous night at 7.30pm.
Kerry's seasoned competitors, along with some newcomers, will be showcasing their skills on the day, with prizes up for grabs in 10 classes — ladies, senior tractor, under-28, under-21, reversible, single furrow vintage, two furrow vintage, three furrow, beginners and horse class. All entries must be confirmed with Tom O'Mahony, Kerry Ploughing Association PRO (087 6350464) by this Friday.
In addition to the ploughing competition itself, the event promises a host of other attractions, including outings by the Kerry Ride and Drive Club and the Crotta Leisure Cyclists, both of whom will begin in the village about 1pm.
Other displays and exhibitions include threshing, modern and vintage machinery displays, wood turning, a display of sheep, antiques, country market, bouncy castle and a dog show, which gets underway at 3pm.
Organisers will also be on the lookout for the most appropriately dressed lady and gent on the day, who will win a watch courtesy of Billy Nolan jewellers in Tralee and a €100 voucher from Horgan's Deli and Ballyseedy Outdoor Living respectively.
A gate prize of a €100 voucher from Kingdom Installations will also be up for grabs, with profits from the charity collection going to the Chernobyl Children's Fund in Tralee and District and Bru Columbanus.
Special guest on the day will be Paudie Buckley of Buckley Agri in Listowel - the main sponsor of the event.