Greetings from Premier Doug Ford

A Special Welcome from Ontario Queen of the Furrow, Anna LennoxAnna Lennox Ontario Queen

Hello and welcome to Kemptville in celebration of the 2022 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM)! I look forward to having you join us in recognition of the vibrant history and culture of the agricultural industry, both here in North Grenville and throughout Ontario. The IPM offers an abundance of exhibits, demonstrations, and competitions, and visitors will enjoy an immersive experience of beautiful North Grenville and all the communities in Leeds Grenville.

My name is Anna Lennox, and I am honoured to represent the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA) as the Ontario Queen of the Furrow. I am equally proud to represent my home county of Grey-Normanby.

Needless to say, I’ve had a unique experience as Ontario Queen of the Furrow. After two long years, with disappointing cancellations of our 2020 and 2021 matches, I’m thrilled to have spent the last few months travelling across the province to promote the IPM & the OPA.

The COVID-19 pandemic certainly challenged us all; as farmers, plowing competitors and event organizers. Nevertheless, the pandemic has demonstrated the way in which we face these challenges head on, with force, fervor and adaptability. The Ontario Plowmen’s Association, the IPM Committee, as well as the local, national and global agricultural industry at large, continue to demonstrate incredible resiliency.

This Match would not be possible without the dedicated effort of a tremendous number of volunteers, board and committee members, host landowners, partners & sponsors and the local community of North Grenville and Leeds Grenville. During your visit, you’ll see for yourself the magnitude of this celebration and the tireless effort required to ensure its success.

Thank all of the competitors for participating and making this a memorable event, and good luck to all of you. Enjoy your time at the International Plowing Match & Rural Expo! From the Plowing Fields to the Tented City, it is sure to be a great experience for all!

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The Ontario Queen of the Furrow competition is presented by Ontario Mutual Insurance Association.