Launching a Huron County Barn Quilt Trail for IPM 2017
The Quilt Competition and the Beautification Competition have both been traditional and foundational parts of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM). As Huron County prepares to host the 100th IPM in Canada’s 150th Birthday year, these two committees have joined forces to create something new! IPM 2017 will be encouraging home owners in Huron County to create and hang barn quilts as part of the beautification process as we approach IPM 2017. If the barn quilt meets the qualifications of the Ontario Barn Quilt Trail (8ft x 8ft and visible from the roadway), it will be uploaded onto their website - www.barnquilttrails.ca.
“People have the choice to purchase their own barn quilts or they can make it themselves” informs Deb Falconer, Chair of the Beautification Committee. “In the New Year we will host a wine and paint day offering tips and tricks from the experts at Ontario Barn Quilt Trail.”
“We are very excited about this initiative as these barn quilts will last after the Match is complete” says Jacquie Bishop, Chair of IPM 2017, “When you see these barn quilts hanging three, five years down the road, you will think of the memories made at IPM 2017.”
Participants must have their barn quilt installed by July 1st to participate in the cash prizes presented by Tim and Donna Prior, of Brussels Agri Services and Cowboy Loft in Brussels. All participants will be entered into a draw to win $750 and during the IPM Quilt Show (Seaforth Arena August 19 – 20, 2017), community members can vote for a Fan Favourite winning $250. Both winners will also receive tickets to the Beautification Awards Banquet on August 31, 2017.