Join us in Walton, Huron County, Ontario for the
2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo
September 19 - 23, 2017
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).
Volunteer with IPM 2017!
We have committees and positions for almost every interest---from horse and tractor plowing, to Tented City, antiques, entertainment, marketing, quilting, RV Park, wagon tours, landscaping and beautification, sponsorship, parking & traffic, and education. Visit our Volunteer! page to find out how to get involved.
Upcoming Volunteer Days:
February 16 at the Seaforth Library Branch from 6-8 pm
First Mass Choir Practice
Interested in being part of the intergenerational Mass Choir at the Worship Service on Sunday, September 17? The first practice will be March 26 from 3-4:30pm at the Clinton United Church. For more information, please contact Rev. Gary Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more here.
IPM 2017 Beautification Contest
We are excited to be delivering a contest involving rural and urban buildings as well as landscape competitions with an end result of renewed beautification to our lovely Huron County. This competition will encourage pride in our farms, our villages and our towns along with the shores of the West Coast of Ontario in Huron County. Details about how to get involved are posted here.
Launching a Huron County Barn Quilt Trail for IPM 2017
As Huron County prepares to host the 100th IPM in Canada’s 150th Birthday year, the Quilt Competition and the Beautification Competition 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. Find out more here.
BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2017 BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards. Ten families from across the province will be recognized at IPM 2017. 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 March 19, 2017.
Quilt Block Challenge and Quilt Competition
The IPM 2017 Quilt Block Challenge has started!
The Quilt Block Challenge theme is Country Side Meets Coast Line. Completed blocks must be received by March 15, 2017. More information is posted here.
The Huron County IPM 2017 Quilt Competition is a great opportunity to showcase your quilting skills to a large and enthusiastic audience. The 15 categories offer something for every taste, technique and ability. The deadline for sending in your quilt entry forms is April 1, 2017.
The Take a Tour Through Huron County Kitchens cookbook includes hundreds of favorite recipes contributed from the kitchens of Huron County. The cookbook is now on sale at over
40 locations for $15.
IPM Cross Country Convoy on September 25
To kick off the 100th IPM and celebrate ‘one–year away,’ the IPM 2017 Entertainment Committee organized an IPM Cross County Convoy on September 25, the Sunday following IPM 2016 in Wellington County. More than 35 tractors travelled from the IPM 2016 Match Site to the Brussels Arena (a total of 51 km). Following their arrival, there was a Harvest Dinner and an Entertainment Show.
The Flag Has Been Passed From IPM 2016 to IPM 2017
During the Closing Ceremonies on September 24, Ron Faulkner, Chair of IPM 2016, passed the OPA flag to Chair of IPM 2017, Jacquie Bishop symbolizing the end of IPM 2016 and the start of the campaign for IPM 2017 to be held next September in Walton, Ontario. Accompanying Jacquie is Huron County Warden Paul Gowing and accompanying Ron is Wellington County Warden George Bridge.