Yarn Bomb Tractor Event to Display IPM Colours
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
The Stratford Perth Museum is gearing up for a one-of-a-kind tractor “yarn bomb” event as a way to generate excitement in the weeks leading up to the 100th anniversary of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo to be held on the outskirts of Mitchell, ON in September.
Yarn bombing is a type of art that features colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn which aims to cover an object or thing, and in this case the target is an antique tractor proudly displayed on the museum’s front lawn. The yarn just so happens to be the official IPM colours – red, white and black, donated by Spinrite Yarn Factory Outlet in Listowel.
Members of the community were invited to knit or crochet squares, which have been carefully pieced together to create a blanket to cover the tractor. The museum is still excepting square submissions which will be used for the finishing touches of the display and may be used to decorate the fence in front of the museum. The Labour Day yarn bomb event will take place Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00, weather permitting.
The display will be entered into the IPM’s beautification and decorating contest, which encourages Perth County residences to welcome visitors to the county with temporary displays. Entries will be judged on creativity and originality. Winners will be announced at the beautification and landowners’ banquet Sept. 7. The museum’s current exhibit called “Can you dig it? Our agricultural roots,” showcases the history of Perth and Huron counties agricultural heritage.