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Anita Rastapkevicius from Elgin County

Before a packed crowd on Thursday, September 22, 2016,  Anita Rastapkevicius, representing Elgin County, was crowned the 2016-2017 Ontario Queen of the Furrow. Anita faced competition from 25 other candidates from across Ontario.

Anita will spend the year travelling across Ontario representing the OPA and IPM 2017.

A message from Anita,

Spring is finally here! I hope that this finds many of you out in the field in the cab of a tractor, finally breaking some ground for the cropping year. Looking back on my year as Ontario Queen of the Furrow thus far, I have made so many memories. From attending the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to touring up to Ottawa for the Ottawa Valley Farm Show, my year has been adventurous. Queen of the Furrow 2016-17

Looking back to March 2016, I find myself reflecting on the Queen of the Furrow Workshops at the OPA Convention when I attended for the first time. Hard to believe that it was a year ago! At the 2017 Convention, it was amazing to see some familiar faces and make some new friends over the course of the weekend. The Queens had the opportunity to work on their public speaking skills, teamwork skills and mingle with one another before they compete at the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Walton.

Most recently, I had the opportunity to attend one of the Oxford Plowmen’s Association’s meetings. After sitting in on that meeting, I would like to thank all the volunteers that commit their time and talents into each of the local Plowmen’s Associations across the province. Without volunteers like you, the plowing community wouldn’t be as successful as it is.

Warmer weather is also a signal that plow season is around the corner. With the dates for various local Plowing Matches coming up, I am excited to travel across the province and attend these local Matches. I hope to see many of you in Bruce County this year as well, where the Canadian Plowing Championships will be held. With IPM 2017 in Walton fast approaching, I would also like to take the opportunity to wish Jacquie Bishop and the entire Huron Committee continued success as they plan IPM 2017. I think I speak for us all when I say we are excited for Huron to host on Ontario’s West Coast!