2017 International Plowing Match

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In one years’ time, a brand new, bustling community will have sprung up on the Ryan and Ringgenberg farms near Walton in Huron East. The popular International Plowing Match & Rural Expo (IPM) will be in full swing. This historic event will mark its 100th anniversary and the Canadian Sesquicentennial with a celebration of our country’s rural roots and down-to-earth lifestyle. With one of its goals being to connect and involve communities and citizens within Huron County, three traditional IPM projects have been launched that are sure to tweak the interest and imagination of local residents.

Sponsored by the Huron Produce Division of Suntastic Hothouse Inc., the IPM 2017 Cookbook is a comprehensive collection of hundreds of the favourite recipes of local cooks and also includes beautiful photographs of Huron scenes captured by Bonnie Sitter and Telfer Wegg. “Take a Tour through Huron County Kitchens” is full of treats for the taste buds and is a visual buffet as well. At just $15, the very special 370-page cuisine compendium is a great buy. And who wouldn’t be pleased to find this 12-chapter addition to their kitchen under the Christmas tree? To place your order now, contact Allan Carter at 519.522.0399. However, the IPM 2017 cookbook will eventually be available as well through local retailers during 2016-17.

Another significant component of all International Plowing Matches is the Beautification Contest. With a recent $25,000 donation from Trillium Mutual Insurance Company of Listowel, this project got an excellent kick-start to putting Huron’s best foot forward for the 80,000 visitors expected to arrive in the county. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Attractive farm gateway/entrance, farmstead, agri-business, rural home, urban home, and seasonal cottage, as well as for the Most Improved farmstead. In addition, groups or organizations can compete for an award for the best planting or landscape project completed on public lands. The entry fee of $25 payable upon registration includes two tickets to the IPM Awards Banquet. Competitors registered before January 1, 2017, will be entered into a draw for a $100 gift certificate from a local garden centre. Additional information is available from Deb Falconer at 519.233.5393.

The third time-honoured undertaking of IPMs is their popular Quilt Project. Talented quilters purchase a quilt block of materials for $12 and create an original design that is ultimately incorporated into charming and unique quilts. Just 200 blocks will be sold and will soon be available at quilt shops in Wingham, Ethel, Exeter and Seaforth, with prizes to be awarded for individual quilt blocks prior to the eventual quilt making. The resultant warm and cozy bed coverings are raffled off before and during the IPM. Further details can be obtained via email to 2017quiltcommittee@gmail.com.

So beyond plowing the land, there are wonderful opportunities for cooks, gardeners and quilters to be part of the huge party planned for 2017 in Huron County. The International Plowing Match & Rural Expo will definitely crank your tractor!

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