Wood County Flywheelers Plowing Contest

Line up of tractors for contest

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Rt. 1, Box 193 Washington, West Virginia 26181

The second annual Wood County Flywheelers plowing contest took place April 1995, at the H. D. Cox farm in Belleville, West Virginia. The plowing took place on a Saturday which was cloudy and cold, along the great Ohio River which is rich in history. In years gone by, the great steamboats plied the river with regal majesty, with their towering smokestacks belching smoke while the big paddle wheels propelled them with ease. Today the river is still quite busy with the modern diesel engines propelling great loads up and down the river.

The site of the plowing was within a hundred yards of where old Fort Belleville once stood. The fort was built in 1785, one of the first built in this area. Constructed to protect the settlers from Indian attack, the fort served its purpose well.

As the participants and spectators began to arrive early in the morning, they were treated to some beautiful scenes of nature, such as the white-tailed deer scurrying from the tall grass in which they had spent the night; the Canadian geese lifting off the river and forming the very familiar V wedge as they flew up river and the cottontail rabbits scurrying out before the tractors.

 The sections were staked off and the plowing began around 9:00 a.m., with the winner of the horse-drawn class being Mark Watkins of Washington, West Virginia, and Hop Somerville of Mineral Wells, West Virginia. The drag plow class was next with Dave Francis from Parkersburg, West Virginia, taking first place and Earnest Francis from Washington, West Virginia, taking second. In the mounted plow class, first place went to Tom Rinehart from Walker, West Virginia, and second to Jerry Fleak of Washington, West Virginia. The trophy given to the oldest person plowing went to Earnest Francis.

We congratulate H those who won the contest, and also all those who participated, along with the spectators who came to watch. We hope everyone had a good time; everyone is invited to come spend the day next year. Whether you plow or watch, everyone is welcome. The date for 1996 is April 20. For information call Jim Atkinson at (304) 863-6342 or write him at Rt. 3, Box 165, Washington, WV 26181.