National TV Show Small Town, Big Deal Features World Ploughing Contest – Baudette
Nov 15th, 2019 by Keith Worrall
Modified Nov 15th, 2019 at 5:47 PM
National TV Show Small Town, Big Deal Features World Ploughing Contest
2019 World Ploughing Contest, Lake of the WoodsOver a million viewers have the chance to take in the personalities, sights and sounds of the 2019 World Ploughing Contest. The TV show Small Town, Big Deal recently attended this international event just outside of Baudette, MN in Lake of the Woods County and did a TV show about the event and community. The World Ploughing Contest is unique in that it only comes to the U.S. once every 30 years and this national show thought enough of it to attend! Small Town, Big Deal at 2019 World Ploughing Contest, Lake of the Woods MN
The show started airing across the U.S. this week. Check out areas and channels the show airs to see if you receive the show in your area.
All of this excitement taking place in a farm field just miles south of the Canadian border a couple of miles south of Baudette, MN. To compete in this event, competitors had to win their nationwide contest to represent their nation. This contest is serious business. In fact, more than half of the competitors shipped their tractors and ploughs across the world to be here.
Not as popular in the U.S. as other European countries, ploughing contests in other areas of the world draw huge crowds. In the Republic of Ireland for instance, their annual nationwide contest draws 300,000 spectators. This is not a typo, 300,000!
2019 World Ploughing Contest, Lake of the Woods With that said, many Americans really didn’t know what a ploughing contest is all about. For the 7,000 or so that attended, they were in for a treat. For those who couldn’t make it, Small Town, Big Deal gives them a front row seat.
In addition to the actual contest, folks who attended enjoyed a daily parade of tractors, horse drawn carriages, demonstration of plowing with horses and mules, five live bands, antique tractors and plows, and a nice mix of food and merchandise vendors.
The producers of the show were also very interested in the other aspects of Baudette and the Lake of the Woods area that make it special. One of those activities, of course, is walleye fishing. The crew had the chance to jump on a Lake of the Woods charter boat and try their luck at walleye fishing. From the sounds of it, there were some big ones that got away!
If you don’t get the TV show in your area, past episodes do get put out on YouTube and that might be our best opportunity to re-live the 2019 World Ploughing Contest!