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We were honoured to have Lloyd Robertson as the Parade Marshall and the Master of Ceremonies for the Official Opening at the 2013 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. On CTV's W5 this past Saturday October 12th, Lloyd Robertson featured Plowing and the Plowing Competition at IPM 2013. Click on the image link below to watch!
MPP Randy Pettapiece Recognizes IPM Organizers and Volunteers
(Queen’s Park) – Following the successful 100th International Plowing Match (IPM) in West Perth, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece delivered a statement in the Ontario legislature. He thanked everyone involved in the IPM and spoke about some of the highlights.
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We are sorry for those who bought advance tickets and were unable to join us in the first four days of the 2013 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo. To our knowledge, there has not been a day since 1954 when Hurricane Hazel forced a closure that we have had a day where we could not open. The decision to close was not made lightly but concerns about the safety of our visitors, exhibitors and volunteers as well as being environmentally responsible for the protection of the land, meant we had no other choice.
The 2013 International Plowing Match is a non-profit organization. Our mandate is to distribute all profits from the event to non-profit organizations in Perth County. At this point, the financial results are still being calculated. We have incurred all costs for the event based on five days of attendance and despite the fact that the unprecedented rainfall forced our closure on Saturday, we still have those obligations to be met.
The local 2013 International Plowing Match executive, our 1400 volunteers who contributed countless hours of time, and the Ontario Plowmen’s Association all share in the disappointment over day five but are overwhelmed with the support of the community.
BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards Ceremony to Honour Ten Ontario Families! Click BMO Farm Family Awards to see the Top Ten Winners
As we celebrate the 100 Anniversary of the first Plowing Match the Ontario Plowmen's Association (OPA) and the 2013 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) would like to gratefully acknowledge the funding provided by the Ontario Government. The Ontario Government Celebrate Grant has helped to make happen a number of exciting new features at the 2013 IPM.