Message from Kailey Donaldson, 2017-2018 Ontario Queen of the FurrowKailey Donaldson, 2017-18 Ontario Queen of the Furrow

(March 2018, Ontario Plowmen's Association Convention)

It’s that time of year again. The time of year where old friends gather, new friendships are established and the opportunity to be a part of history is just on the horizon. The months ahead will be filled with planning, events and hard work to put on one of the greatest agricultural events, the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo.

Last year I had the privilege of representing the Halton Plowmen’s Association in the beautiful town of Walton in the 2017 Ontario Queen of the Furrow program. I’d like to extend congratulations and thanks to the Huron Committee who put on a fantastic display of Ontario’s West Coast, and the volunteers helped run a successful Match and their time and dedication is truly appreciated. As for the Queen Committee, they did an unbelievable job of ensuring each and every one of us felt welcomed and had an enjoyable time.

Receiving the title of Ontario Queen of the Furrow has been a remarkable experience thus far. I cannot thank the Ontario Plowmen’s Association enough for allowing this incredible opportunity to be available for young women. I started my rein as Ontario Queen by attending the Peterborough County Plowing Match. Since then I have travelled to many different banquets, parades and events throughout the province. I look forward to continuing to work with the 2018 Queen Committee as they plan a fantastic week for all the Queens!Kailey Donaldson, 2017-18 Ontario Queen of the Furrow - plowing

To all the ladies in the Queen of the Furrow program, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so make the most of this tremendous year ahead. As an unknown author once said, “You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.”

I wish you all the best in the upcoming busy spring season, and look forward to meeting many of you at Plowing Matches across the province. Before you know it, September will be upon us and the 2018 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo will be showcased in Chatham-Kent! I’d like to extend my best wishes to all the many great volunteers who will make this event possible. I could not be more proud and excited to represent the Ontario Plowmen’s Association and to be a part of history!





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Throughout IPM 2017, 25 local Queen of the Furrow Contestants participated in many activities and events. Judging was based on their performance in: plowing ability, appearance & deportment, an interview, a speech, and an impromptu speech.

At the Celebration of Excellence Gala on September 22:

Kailey Donaldson from Halton County was crowned the 2017-18 Ontario Queen of the Furrow. The new Ontario Queen will be honoured with a car for the year (courtesy of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association and Ontario Plowmen's Association) and also a scholorship. All finalists received $100. 
- 1st Runner Up - Caleigh Van Kampen of Peel-Dufferin
- 2nd Runner Up - Andrea Chesney of Oxford Blenheim
- finalists - Josie Linton of Durham Region and Olivia Bolender of York Region

The winners of the scholarships donated by BMO Bank of Montreal were Chloe Croghan of Grenville County and Billie Diemert of Grey Normanby. Billie Diemert of Grey Normanby was also honoured with the title of Miss Friendship.

The top five Queen of the Furrow contest plowers were honoured with gifts from the Provincial Committee Co-chairs, Sheila Marshall and Vanessa Scott. 
- 1st - Caleigh Van Kampen of Peel-Dufferin
- 2nd - Olivia Bolender of York
- 3rd - Apryl Linton of Northumberland
- 4th - Shannon Little of Perth
- 5th - Michaela Lievre of Oxford County

Congratulations from the IPM and OPA is extended to all the competitors. Thank you to all of the program organizers, judges and sponsors. A special thank you to the outgoing Ontario Queen, Anita Rastapkevicius.

Click any of the Queens' photos below to enlarge the photo (and then use the controls located at bottom left corner of the photo for scrolling or starting a slideshow). The Queens have prepared videos that are posted on YouTube. View the videos here.


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IPM 2018 Queen Contestants 

 At IPM 2018, Queens of the Furrow from across Ontario will be competing for the crown of the 2018-19 Ontario Queen of the Furrow. The Queens will be participating in many aspects of IPM 2018. Help cheer them on at the:

  • Queen Plowing Competition - Wednesday, September 19 - 2:30 pm (location TBA)
  • Queen Speeches - Friday, September 21 - 9:30 am (Main Stage)

Please check back in the summer...we will be posting additional scheduling details.

Click any of the Queen's photos below to enlarge the photo (and then use the controls located at bottom left corner of the photo for scrolling or starting a slideshow).


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