1950 National and Ohio Plowing Matches
Agricultural Events in Rural Champaign County
Benson Road and the North Urbana Lisbon Road (SR 54) in Champaign County was the site of the 1950 National and Ohio Plowing Matches and the National Associa- tion of Soil Conservation Districts Field Days. The three-day event drew a crowd of nearly 75,000 and was headquartered in the woods of the Edwin (Ned) Kirby farm located a quarter mile north on Benson Road. The National Association of Soil Conservation Districts sponsored the National and Ohio Plowing Matches. The first national matches were held in Mitchellville, Iowa in 1939 and continued until halted by the start of World War II. They resumed in 1945. Ohio's 1950 Champaign County-Union Township National Plowing Matches was the first "National" to be held outside Iowa.
The 1950 National and Ohio Plowing Matches featured a group of fourteen-Buck Creek Valley farmers who acted as hosts for the plowing matches where Urbana's two-time world champion Dean Wilson completed for a third title. It also featured a new activity known as "Wagon Trains," which involved Union Township host farmers who used 125 wagons and tractors to haul the crowds of people and farmers to view the plowing matches, demonstrations, and many conservation projects that covered 2,200 surrounding acres spread over 10 farms. The event also
Erected 2004 by Union Township Trusteees Virts & Everett Family Farms Schafer & Everhart Family Farms Evans & Kirby Family Farms The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8- 11.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 2.016′ N, 83° 40.318′ W. Marker is near Urbana, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker is at the intersection of Urbana- Lisbon Road (Ohio Route 54) and Benson Road (County Route 179), on the right when traveling west on Urbana- Lisbon Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4999 Ohio Rt 54, Urbana OH 43078, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pleasant Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away); Asbury Methodist Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Asbury Veterans Monument (approx. 5.1 miles away); Capt. Simon Kenton (approx. Col. William Ward (approx. 5.7 miles away); John Quincy Adams Ward (approx. 5.7 miles away); In Memory of Simon Kenton (approx. 5.8 miles away); General Robert Lawrence Eichelberger (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Urbana.
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