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Celebrating 100 Years of Plowing History

Celebrating 100 Years of Plowing History

By Amanda Brodhagen,

The first furrows were plowed on Friday as Perth County gears up to host the 100th anniversary of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) Sept. 17-21.

Organizers held a media day to provide a glimpse of what you can expect at the five-day agricultural show on a farm near Mitchell, Ont. The one-of-a-kind show will feature more than 100 acres of exhibits and entertainment for all ages. The centennial celebration is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors.

For the first time, two different plowing methods were demonstrated – one representing the past, and one representing the present. Accompanied with his Percheron horses, John Dekroon turned out a furrow at the site of the IPM, which represented plowing in 1913. In contrast, Ontario Queen of the Furrow Sara Little plowed with a John Deere tractor, exhibiting plowing in the present day.

Visit the IPM website for more information: Pictures of the media day can be viewed by clicking here.

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