This year’s International Plowing Match and Rural Expo drew over 81,000 visitors over the course of five days.
According to a news release, the 2019 IPM, held just outside the Northern Ontario settlement of Verner, saw 81,517 visitors, including 7,400 school children, from Sept. 17-21, 2019. Neil Fox, chair of the IPM board of directors, said the board was thrilled and proud of this achievement.
“The community of West Nipissing pulled out all the stops to ensure our visitors felt welcome and enjoyed their stay in our community,” said Fox.
There was no shortage of attractions at IPM 2019, the news release said.n addition to the BMO Plowing Competition there were hundreds of exhibitors/vendors, three stages of live music, West Coast Lumberjack Shows, RAM Rodeo Tour, Canadian Cowgirls precision drill team, chainsaw carving demonstrations, performances by the Skyhawks Canadian Armed Forces parachute team and more.
“The IPM was jam-packed with great entertainment and non-stop things to do for people of all ages,” said Sheila Marshall, president of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association, the parent hosts of the IPM.
“There’s a reason we say you can’t do it all in one day,” Marshall said.
IPM 2020 is set for October 14 to 17 in Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes.
For more information about the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, as well as the Ontario Plowmen’s Association, visit www.plowingmatch.org