Directors and staff of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association recently announced that they will be moving forward with plans for the 2020/21 International Plowing Match (IPM) and Rural Expo. In order to respect the health situation and health regulations caused by Covid-19, the organizers will be simultaneously planning both the traditional IPM and a re-envisioned IPM.
The 2020/2021 IPM will take place in the Municipality of Kawartha Lakes from Wednesday, Oct. 13 to Saturday, Oct. 16. As planned, the IPM will be hosted on the Lindsay Fairgrounds and neighbouring farms.
The traditional IPM features such as the BMO Plowing Competition, the Hydro One Education and the Queen of the Furrow Competition presented by Ontario Mutuals may look different this year.
Alternate designs for both the Tented City and the RV Park are being developed. The revised designs will protect exhibitors, volunteers and visitors with additional health protocols.
“Our provincial and local volunteers will be ramping up their committee planning with conference calls and video calls. And, we really look forward to the in-person committee and community meetings that will be held just as soon as the provincial health situation allows,” said Don Priest, vice-president of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association.