We're PLOWING ON at the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo


The 103rd edition of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) has been postponed until October 2021. The IPM will run from Wednesday, October 13th to Saturday, October 16th and will be held at the Lindsay Fairgrounds and neighbouring Farms in Lindsay, Municipality of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario.

The Leadership of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA) made this most difficult decision while closely monitoring local, provincial and federal government information and regulations. In spite of these difficult times, the OPA has never wavered from their responsibility to the people that make the IPM successful year after year. The health and safety of our volunteers, sponsors, competitors, visitors and staff will always be our number one priority.

Since its beginnings in 1913, this is only the third time that the event has not been able to open. Ironically, the first cancellation was in 1918 when the quickly-spreading flu pandemic struck the City of Ottawa. According to history, the Mayor of Ottawa and the Federal Minister of Agriculture denied the use of the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa just the day before the IPM was to open. During the Second World War, the IPM did not open as it was important for all Canadians to dedicate their time and talents to the war efforts.

As our world progresses towards the new reality, we will be ramping up again to bring the 103rd IPM to the Municipality of Kawartha Lakes. Centred at the Lindsay Exhibition Grounds, we also look forward to working with the neighbouring farmers to showcase their resilient and dedicated community.

At the same time, we will be moving forward with plans for the 104th IPM. We are proud to announce that the Municipality of North Grenville and the Grenville Plowmen’s Association will be co-hosting with OPA. Please mark your calendar: Tuesday, September 20th to Saturday, September 24, 2022. We are proud to be highlighting the Kemptville College campus and the neighbouring farms at Kemptville, Ontario.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 103rd and 104th International Plowing Match and Rural Expo…and beyond. In the meantime, please stay healthy….please stay safe.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any OPA Director or the OPA Office. But please note, as per Provincial Government Regulations, the OPA Office must remain closed --- but we can certainly be reached by the phone, email and mail.

May 22, 2020

IPM 2020 Poster Artwork Unveiling - Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham, Artist Lynda Cunningham, Kawartha Lakes Queen of the Furrow Elizabeth Arnold, Kawartha Lakes Deputy Mayor Pat O'Reilly and Sheila Marshall, President of the Ontario Plowmen's Association.

PHOTO (from left): Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham, Artist Lynda Cunningham, Kawartha Lakes Queen of the Furrow Elizabeth Arnold, Kawartha Lakes Deputy Mayor Pat O'Reilly and Sheila Marshall, President of the Ontario Plowmen's Association.

IPM 2020 Poster artwork unveiled

The moment Lynda Cunningham saw her first Plowing Competition, she fell in love with its beauty – the interaction between competitors and their horses, the respect for the land. That was about 20 years ago, when Horse Plowing was featured as a demonstration during the Sunderland Fall Fair.

“I admire the amount of skill and patience needed by both the teamsters and their teams. I truly believe working the land with horses is an art,” she says. “The admiration I have for those who chose to follow this way of life is reflected in my paintings.”

Lynda has been painting plowing ever since, with her work shown in a large number of exhibitions. Now an original piece of hers will be featured prominently on the 2020 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo (IPM) event poster.

“I was quite pleased for the opportunity to be involved,” Cunningham says of being approached to take part in the project. “I have gone to a lot of Plowing Matches over the years.”

Artwork for the IPM 2020 poster was unveiled Wednesday, March 4 during the East Central Farm Show at the Lindsay Exhibition Grounds, where the IPM’s Tented City will be located. Event parking, an RV Park and Plowing Competitions will be on nearby fields.

“We are extremely grateful to Lynda for volunteering her time and immense talents to create this breath-taking painting,” says Sheila Marshall, President of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association, parent host of the IPM. “Her work will add to the excitement in the community and help attract people from elsewhere in Ontario and beyond.”

The poster - featuring both horse and tractor plowing competitors, as well as onlookers and Tented City - will be distributed throughout the province to raise awareness of IPM 2020, which runs Wednesday, October 14 to Saturday, October 17.

Lynda is a self-taught artist who enjoys working with a variety of media out her Sunderland farm studio. Lynda and her family raise sheep and Clydesdale horses.

For more information about Lynda Cunningham, visit https://lyndacunningham.com/site/.


Quilt Blocks first place

The first competition of the 2020 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) is in the books, courtesy of the Quilt Block Challenge.

Gearing up for the 2020 International plowing Match and Rural Expo

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