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2018 BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards 

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Nominations are now open for the 2018 BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards. These awards recognize outstanding families from across Ontario who best represent the values of the family farm within their rural communities. The awards will show appreciation for the contributions each of these families make to the further growth of the agricultural community. The awards program was created to promote a renewed urban-rural relationship and to recognize outstanding Ontario farm families who best typify the value of the family farmer to our society. The program, specifically, focuses on recognizing the contribution these families make to the enhancement of quality of life in their agricultural communities. Families nominated must be active in primary agriculture, have agriculture as the main source of income and have members residing on the farm. They do not have to be members of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA).

BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards nominations can be made by anyone for anyone. If you know a farming family and believe that they positively showcase how the values and hard work of the farm family enhance our quality of life, nominate them today

The nomination deadline is Monday, March 26, 2018.

Ten families will be chosen to recieve the 2018 BMO Ontario Farm Family Award. The honoured families will be formally recognized for their dedication to Ontario's agriculture sector and the rural way of life at the 2018 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Pain Court, Ontario, on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

 

 

Queen of the Furrow

Anita Rastapkevicius from Elgin County was crowned 2016-2017 Ontario Queen of the Furrow last night at Harriston Arena. Shown here, she receives her crown from last year's queen, Kathryn Chant of Grenville County (left). Anita will spend the coming year representing the Ontario Plowmen's Association and IPM 2017 being held near Walton, Ontario in Huron County.

2017 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo

With open arms, our families welcome your family to Huron County. We look forward to seeing you on September 19 - 23, 2017! We cannot wait to welcome you in Walton, Huron County. As we look
forward to celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday, we are honoured to be hosting the 100th
International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM).

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George Canyongeorgecanyon4
Huron Mutuals Main Stage at 3:00 pm
A multi-JUNO award winner and PLATINUM selling artist and a Canadian country music legend, George Canyon is continually melding his love of family with his passion for music; his integrity and dedication to his family are reflected through the songs he writes and the stories he tells.

 

 


Dog Agilitydogagility
CKNX Event Centre at 9:30 am & 12:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eric Ethridgeericethridge
Huron Mutuals Main Stage at 1:30 pm and the Lounge at 4:00 pm
Eric Ethridge’s brand started to gain serious momentum in 2015 after the release of a series of orchestra country-pop covers, one of which garnered him a mention in Rolling Stone Magazine.

 

 

 

 


Mairlyn Smith:mairlynsmith
CityLine Home Economist
Lifestyles Tent at 1:00 pm
Mairlyn Smith is a professional home economist and food writer making guest appearances on the daytime show Cityline. A five-time best selling author, Mairlyn merges healthy cooking with humour.

 


 

 


Tailgate Talkstailgate
Located in the Farming for the Future Tent
Farmers are always learning from not only themselves but from family and neighbours: from one another. The popular daily Tailgate Talks are back.
Local Food Initiatives - 10:00 am
Farming in Social Media - 12:00 pm
Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program - 2:00 pm

 

 


Knights of Valour Joustingkights2
CKNX Event Centre at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Passion, blood, sweat, tears! The exhilaration of sport is something we can all relate to in our modern days. So what if we take all that and take a blast to the past? That’s right, we will be going back to a time of steel, horses and honour when the Knights of Valour take centre stage in the CKNX Event Centre. Fitting the IPM’s flavour of future meeting past, visitors will be able to view jousting at the finest level. These men are not just showmen and the jousting is 100% real. So expect some heavy lashes and get ready to cheer on your knight in shining armour.


Szoke Extreme Motorcycle Demoszoke
Walton Square at 9:30 am, 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm
Szoke Extreme Motorcycle Demo is an experience like no other. High flying Freestyle Motorcross combined with the precision of Observed Trials that partner with the eccentric Professional Street Freestyle. Our highly skilled daredevil riders will be sure to impress. Jordan Szoke is a five-time National Sportbike Champion, 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy Champion, and inductee to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame for a freestyle motocross trial demonstration.

 


Team Farmall Dancing Tractorsdt1
Walton Square at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm
After approximately 3,500 man hours of practice time and drivers' investments in tractors, valued at $7,500 per tractor, Team Farmall is ready to perform. The square dance, comprised of traditional calls that all square dance enthusiasts recognize, is combined with precision driving which makes the performance fun, not only for Team Farmall, but for all who come to watch!


Cowboy Trail Challenge
RAM Rodeo Ring at 9:00 am


Ram Rodeo Tourram4
Ram Rodeo Ring at 12:00 om and 2:00 pm
The 2017 IPM is pleased to be hosting the perennial favourite 2017 RAM Rodeo Tour. At the Rodeo you will see events including Bareback, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, Bull Riding and Team Roping; come and join the excitement!

 

 

 


Queen of the Furrow Speeches
Huron Mutuals Main Stage at 10:00 am
Come out and show your support for the Queens at IPM 2017!

 

Friday at a Glance
Plowing Daily Hydro One Education Centres
Morning - 9:30 am O'Canada - 10:00 am Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli - Hip Hop Dancer - 10:00 am
Horse Plowing - 9:00 am Steam Engine Plowing Demo - 1:00 pm, Antiques Area Daniel Steep’s Agri Magic Show - 11:00 am & 1:15 pm
  Brussels Fair Kids Tractor Pull - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm The Ag-Mazing Food Farm: livestock, crops and food. See the whole story.

 

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 SM BMOBMO Kids Daykids1
Join us for BMO® Kids' Day at the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo!
FREE admission for children under 16*
FREE Pancake breakfast from 8:30 am to 10:30 am**
FREE shows at the BMO tent
FREE BMO Kids’ Day activities
*Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
**Free breakfast for kids and one adult per kid. While supplies last.


Celebrating Canada 150canada150
2017 Huron Mutuals Main Stage Performers
Saturday, September 23 
View all performers

 

 

 

 

 


George Canyongeorgecanyon3
Huron Mutuals Main Stage at 3:00 pm & following closing ceremonies
A multi-JUNO award winner and PLATINUM selling artist and a Canadian country music legend, George Canyon is continually melding his love of family with his passion for music; his integrity and dedication to his family are reflected through the songs he writes and the stories he tells.

 

 


SM BMOBMO Ontario Farm Families Awards
Huron Mutuals Main Stage at 11:00 am
The Ontario Plowmen's Association is pleased to announce the 10 Ontario families who have been chosen to receive the 2017 BMO Ontario Farm Family Award. The families, who are being honoured for their dedication to Ontario's agriculture sector and the rural way of life, will be formally recognized at this year's 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo.


Hillbilly Horse Races
CKNX Event Centre at 2:30 pm


Szoke Extreme Motorcycle Demoszoke
Walton Square at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm & 4:00 pm
Szoke Extreme Motorcycle Demo is an experience like no other. High flying Freestyle Motorcross combined with the precision of Observed Trials that partner with the eccentric Professional Street Freestyle. Our highly skilled daredevil riders will be sure to impress. Jordan Szoke is a five-time National Sportbike Champion, 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy Champion, and inductee to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame for a freestyle motocross trial demonstration.

 


Team Farmall Dancing Tractorsdt2
Walton Square at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm
After approximately 3,500 man hours of practice time and drivers' investments in tractors, valued at $7,500 per tractor, Team Farmall is ready to perform. The square dance, comprised of traditional calls that all square dance enthusiasts recognize, is combined with precision driving which makes the performance fun, not only for Team Farmall, but for all who come to watch!


King-Lyn Stables Precision Ridingkinglyn3
CKNX Event Centre at 9:30 am & RAM Rodeo Ring at 2:00 pm
The King-Lyn Stables Precision Riding Team are headquartered in Monkton, Ontario. They preform both traditional precision riding, highlighting the technical asspects, and a more adventurous show to upbeat music with new choreography and costumes.

 

 

 


Brussels 4-H Invitational Show4HOntario
CKNX Event Centre at 10:00 am
The Brussels 4-H Invitational Show will feature up to 100 4-H sheep members and 50 4-H beef members. These young farmers are from across Ontario and are aged from 9 years to 21 years old. The 4-H classes shown will include market animals, breeding stock and showmanship.

 

 

 

 


Cowboy Trail Challenge
RAM Rodeo Ring at 9:00 am


Ram Rodeo Tourram5
Ram Rodeo Ring at 12:00 am and 3:00 pm
The 2017 IPM is pleased to be hosting the perennial favourite 2017 RAM Rodeo Tour. At the Rodeo you will see events including Bareback, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, Bull Riding and Team Roping; come and join the excitement!

 

 

 

 


Ontario Princess of the Furrow Competition
Ontario Mutuals Stage 12:00 pm
Branch Association Princesses from across Ontario will take part in the first competition held at the International Plowing Match & Rural Expo. The purpose of the Princess of the Furrow Competition is to encourage young women, 12 - 17 years old, to take an interest in agriculture & Plowing Matches and perhaps eventually participate in the Queen of the Furrow competition. The contestants will give a 1-2 minute speech on any topic related to agriculture, as well as experience an interview with a panel of three judges.


Junior Plowing Competition Awards
Ontario Mutuals Stage 1:00 pm


Closing Ceremonies
Huron Mutuals Main Stage at 3:45 pm
Help us wrap up this years International Plowing Match and Rural Expo at the Closing Ceremonies.

 

Saturday at a Glance
Plowing Daily Hydro One Education Centres
Junior Plowing - 8:30 am O'Canada - 10:00 am The Ag-Mazing Food Farm: livestock, crops and food. See the whole story.
   Steam Engine Plowing Demo - 1:00 pm, Antiques Area   
Brussels Fair Kids Tractor Pull - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 

 

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We have assembled what we think is a stellar line up of entertainment
 
and informative displays for you to attend.

 

Auctioneer Challengeauctioneer
Starting at 10 am, view all of the items and register for your bidding card at the CKNX Event Centre. 
View examples of awesome items for sale at the Auctioneers’ Challenge here.
CKNX Event Centre at 2:00 pm
One! … Five! … Sold! Catch all that? A battle of the word: combining speed, precision and concentration. Auctioneering is more than just a vocation, auctioneering is an art form. The IPM will be hosting some great auctioneers who will battle for supremacy in the Auctioneers Challenge. We will see – hear? – auctioneers auctioning off a variety of items during the challenge. This will give viewers the opportunity to see just how difficult the world of auctioneering is as well as the vocal precision required to be a successful auctioneer. Come on out and cheer on your favourite auctioneer as he or she calls their way to supremacy!


Team Farmall Dancing Tractorsdt4
Walton Square at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm
After approximately 3,500 man hours of practice time and drivers' investments in tractors, valued at $7,500 per tractor, Team Farmall is ready to perform. The square dance, comprised of traditional calls that all square dance enthusiasts recognize, is combined with precision driving which makes the performance fun, not only for Team Farmall, but for all who come to watch!

 


Ram Rodeo Tourram3
Ram Rodeo Ring at 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm
The 2017 IPM is pleased to be hosting the perennial favourite 2017 RAM Rodeo Tour. At the Rodeo you will see events including Bareback, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, Bull Riding and Team Roping; come and join the excitement!

 

 

 


Mud Menmudmen2
Lounge at 4:00 pm
Always entertaining and definitely unique, The Mudmen are a blast of Celtic energy whose members are known to be characters both on and off the stage.

 

 

 

  


The Next Generation Leahy nextgenerationleahy
Huron Mutuals Main Stage at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm
Building on over three generations of Leahy musicianship, Doug Leahy, together with his wife Jennifer and their children, are keeping those traditions alive through music, song, and dance.

 


 


Tailgate Talkstailgate
Located in the Farming for the Future Tent
Farmers are always learning from not only themselves but from family and neighbours: from one another. The popular daily Tailgate Talks are back.
Succession Planning - 12:00 pm

 

 

 


Knights of Valour Joustingkights2
CKNX Event Centre at 10:30 am & 2:30 pm
Passion, blood, sweat, tears! The exhilaration of sport is something we can all relate to in our modern days. So what if we take all that and take a blast to the past? That’s right, we will be going back to a time of steel, horses and honour when the Knights of Valour take centre stage in the CKNX Event Centre. Fitting the IPM’s flavour of future meeting past, visitors will be able to view jousting at the finest level. These men are not just showmen and the jousting is 100% real. So expect some heavy lashes and get ready to cheer on your knight in shining armour.


Hillbilly Horse Races
CKNX Event Centre at 4:00 pm


Szoke Extreme Motorcycle Demoszoke2
Walton Square at 9:30 am, 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm
Szoke Extreme Motorcycle Demo is an experience like no other. High flying Freestyle Motorcross combined with the precision of Observed Trials that partner with the eccentric Professional Street Freestyle. Our highly skilled daredevil riders will be sure to impress. Jordan Szoke is a five-time National Sportbike Champion, 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy Champion, and inductee to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame for a freestyle motocross trial demonstration.

 


Sheep Dog Demo
CKNX Event Centre at 9:30 am & 1:30 pm


Frank Ferragine (Frankie Flowers)FrankFerragine
Lifestyles Tent at 1:00 pm
Frank Ferragine AKA “Frankie Flowers” is arguably Canada’s most popular and trusted gardening expert and is a regular guest on City TV'S Breakfast Television. He is known for his ability to combine practical gardening advice with humour, and loves to share his passion for everything outdoors with the world.

 

 

 

 

Thursday at a Glance
Plowing Daily Hydro One Education Centres
Morning - 9:30 am O'Canada - 10:00 am Daniel Hughes - Climbing Mt.Everest - 10:00 am
Afternoon - 11:00am Steam Engine Plowing Demo - 1:00 pm, Antiques Area Daniel Steep’s Agri Magic Show - 11:00 am & 1:15 pm
Horse Plowing - 10:00 am Brussels Fair Kids Tractor Pull - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm The Ag-Mazing Food Farm: livestock, crops and food. See the whole story.

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