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‘Yarn Bombed’ Tractor Showcases IPM Colours

‘Yarn Bombed’ Tractor Showcases IPM Colours

By Amanda Brodhagen,

There is a new site drawing eyes to the Stratford Perth Museum’s front lawn – a tractor covered in red, black and white yarn.

Over the Labour Day weekend, the 1950 Farmall antique tractor was “yarn bombed” as a way to draw attention to Perth County hosting the 100th anniversary of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo on a farm outside of Mitchell, Ont. this month.

“The key initiatives were to involve the community in a Stratford Perth Museum project, do something unique and to draw attention to the International Plowing Match – particularly the connection between the museum and agriculture,” said John Kastner Stratford, Perth Museum’s general manager.

Squares were knitted and crocheted by members of the community using yarn donated by Spinrite Yarn Factory Outlet in Listowel. Kastner said about 250 skeins of yarn were donated. The yarn colours were deliberate, the official colours of the IPM. Over 200 12 x 12 squares were dropped off, which covered the tractor and a fence which reads – IPM 100.

“It involved dozens of people, many of whom had never been to the museum before,” explained Kastner. “The people who knitted seemed to be having fun, as did the volunteers who “bombed” the tractor.”

The IPM takes place Sept. 17-21.