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For almost 8,000 people, happiness and hope were experienced at the “Merry and Bright” Christmas Light Festival. The drive-through event was organized and hosted by the 20/21 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) and the Lindsay Agricultural Society (LAS).

The Lindsay Fairgrounds were transformed into a winter wonderland light spectacular from December 18th to 23d. But, it was heartbreaking for all when the event had to be shut down as a result of the Provincial Government’s Covid-19 lockdown orders.

More than 30 displays and five video projection presentations from Companies, Associations and Individuals provided a beautiful reminder of the true spirit of the Christmas Season and honoured the event theme of Christmas on the Farm. In addition to the IPM display that depicted the highlights of an IPM, the video projection on a LAS Building invited visitors to experience all that the IPM in October 2021 would have to offer.

In keeping with the philosophy of the IPM, the proceeds from the Merry and Bright Festival will be shared with local charitable organizations.

Through the generosity of the Ontario Government’s Celebrate Ontario grant programme, the IPM was a proud partner in this great opportunity to showcase IPM 20/21 and the host

IPM 20/21 will run from Wednesday, October 13 to Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Lindsay Exhibition grounds in Kawartha Lakes and will showcase agriculture, rural living and community.

Link to the Photo Gallery and Video Projection...

COVID-19 Province-wide Shutdown

In response to Covid-19 province-wide shutdown restrictions, OPA & IPM 20/21 Staff must work from home from December 26, 2020 to January 23, 2021.

The Guelph OPA Office and the Lindsay IPM 20/21 Office will be temporarily closed during this time. If you have any questions during the shutdown, please contact us via phone (519-767-2928 / 1-800-661-7569) or by email (cathy@plowingmatch.org).

We wish you the very best and a safe & happy New Year.



2021 Special Edition Calendar - Call for Submissions!

Deadline Extended until October 15th

The Ontario Plowmen’s Association is pleased to HIGHLIGHT THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE PLOWING FAMILY in our 2021 Special Edition Calendar. We know that these young people are the future of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association and the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. We don’t want to let their talents, enthusiasm and leadership go unnoticed. We want to highlight them!

Here’s how you get involved:

  • Open to plowing enthusiasts 30 years or younger.
  • Must reside in the province of Ontario.
  • Must be involved in Plowing either as a Plowing Competitor, Queen of the Furrow, Princess of the Furrow, 4-H Sodbusters Member or Plowing Volunteer.
  • Send digital photo to cathy@plowingmatch.org by OCTOBER 15th, 2020 (NOTE: photos need to be full size, high resolution 300 dpi; they can be saved as jpgs or tiffs). It must be a close identifiable image of the individual(s) showing their involvement.
  • Printed photos (high quality) can be accepted but digital is preferred.
  • Include an approximate 50-word description that identifies the person(s), their involvement and accomplishments.
  • All submissions require a completed photo release form.

For further information, contact:
Rochelle Deslippe, Committee Contact
Phone: 519-551-8361
Email: rochelle.deslippe@gmail.com
Ontario Plowmen’s Association
519-767-2928 OR 1-800-6617569
Email: cathy@plowingmatch.org


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Mark Your Calendars!

103rd IPM in 2021
Wednesday, October 13 to
Saturday, October 16
Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes


104th IPM in 2022
Tuesday, September 20 to
Saturday, September 24
Kemptville, North Grenville


World Ploughing Organization

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