Established in 1911, the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is expected to attract close to 80,000 visitors! Let’s showcase everything this rural small-town community has to offer, including beautiful pastoral and natural landscapes, as well as quaint farms, homes and local businesses.
Every member of the community is being asked to pitch in to clean up and help decorate West Nipissing in preparation for the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo 2019 (IPM 2019), which is taking place September 17 -21 in Verner, Ontario. Established in 1911, the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is expected to attract close to 80,000 visitors! Let’s showcase everything this rural small-town community has to offer, including beautiful pastoral and natural landscapes, as well as quaint farms, homes and local businesses.
Everything starts with spring cleaning. The Municipality of West Nipissing and the IPM’s Beautification Committee are rallying members of the community to sweep and clean their surroundings, while planting flowers, bushes and other greenery around their homes, businesses and community.
“We want people to come out and have fun, meet others in your community, help clean up and decorate West Nipissing” says Alicia Giroux, volunteer team leader responsible for the Beautification Project.
The scarecrow is a key theme of IPM 2019. It is the mascot for this event and will also be featured in a special coloring book, so you will be certain to see scarecrows at every turn! A series of scarecrow-making workshops are planned for West Nipissing communities, as well as in the French River and Warren areas. Community members are encouraged to create something unique with family, friends and co-workers that can then be used to decorate your homes and businesses. Volunteers in each town are being asked to create scarecrow-based display that showcases the history and unique makeup of their community. For example, Verner’s display will feature scarecrows that are using old farm equipment while Field’s scarecrows will be staged as loggers.
Ornamental cabbage will be the focus of West Nipissing’s gardens and floral decor because it is a beautiful, colorful cold-season botanical, which epitomizes a truly Northern Ontario IPM. Members of the community are asked to show their support by incorporating these gorgeous white and purple plants into their landscaping and gardening plans for 2019.
Decorative green and purple fabric triangle flag lines, handcrafted by local volunteers, will be sold at various locations. The community is being encouraged to hang them as banners or garlands around their homes and businesses. These flag lines are an additional way to show visitors that West Nipissing’s community has come together in support of the IPM.
A friendly open-door attitude is one of the elements that makes West Nipissing so appealing. True to their friendly spirit, local volunteers are painting large IPM welcome posts with the Welcome, Bonjour and Aaniin message. These posts will be available for display in front yards and stores to welcome visitors.
And finally, a trail of painted barn quilts will serve to lead visitors to the IPM. Bringing together quilters, painters and farmers, the barn quilts project consists of large painted signs that are framed together to create painted quilts which will be mounted on local barns throughout the community, thus creating a scenic trail for visitors to follow.
The IPM’s Beautification project is a great opportunity for the community to show its spirit and pride. Beautification projects will be judged and prizes will be awarded during the IPM under four different categories including urban, rural, businesses and surrounding communities. There will also be a peoples’ choice award for the most creative scarecrow. There’s nothing like a good competition to get peoples’ creative juices flowing.
For more information about the IPM’s Beautification project and how to get involved, visit https://www.plowingmatch.org/ipm2019/get-involved/beautification/
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