Howell Living History Farm Holds 36th Annual Plowing Match

A scene from the annual Plowing Match at Howell Living History Farm. 

Howell Living History Farm will hold its 36th annual Plowing Match on Saturday, August 31, from 10am until 4pm. Eight teams of draft animals from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York are entered in the match, which tests the performance of farmers and their horse teams. 

Members of the general public, including youngsters, can win ribbons by plowing in visitor classes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Classes are for ages 7-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16 & up. No experience is necessary. Trophies and ribbons will be presented to winners of all classes at 1:30pm.  

Pony rides, wagon rides, an obstacle course logging competition and music by the Jugtown Mountain String Band are also planned. At noon, hungry plowers and visitors can lunch on roast pork sandwiches, a chicken BBQ, kosher franks and local potatoes and sweet corn. 

Head Judge Button Meyers Jr. of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, will present the trophies and ribbons to the winners. Mr. Meyers will be joined by judges who have traveled from as far as Oklahoma to help with the match. Rain date for the event is Saturday, September 7.

Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, in Hopewell Township. The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530. Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  

For more information, please call the farm office at (609) 737-3299 or visit or

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  1. This will be the first time in 30+ years that I have not attended. I’m sorry that I will be missing it. I wish all the Teamsters straight even furrows when plowing and that the balls stay put in the obstacle course. To be honest I’m also really going to miss the roast pork!

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