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!