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Monday, September 25, 2017

100th IPM In Walton A "Success"

Walton | by Vanessa Culbert  

Organizers finalizing attendance numbers for five-day plowing match and rural expo.

The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo has come and gone for another year.

The 100th match was held September 19th to the 23rd in Walton and Chair Jacquie Bishop says they are in the midst of finalizing attendance numbers.

The site was closed to the pubic on Wednesday because of muddy conditions thanks to downpours of rain on Monday.

Bishop admits, having to close the site was the hardest decisions they had to make.

She tells Bayshore Broadcasting News they had to think of all the stake holders that were involved and how the closure would impact them.

Bishop says it was the right thing to do for the safety of the people and the stewardship of the land.

While "tent city" was closed on Wednesday, they moved all the entertainment into the RV park for those camping.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and family also made a stop at IPM Friday morning.

Bishop says they were very engaging with the people they did meet.

Trudeau had a try at plowing the land -- and did not do that badly.

Bishop says the tractor is owned by the grandson of the landowner.

She adds, Johnny Ryan was very proud to share with the Trudeau family the art of plowing.

Bishop says it is something Ryan will never forget.

She says they have received nothing but positive feedback from visitors to this years site

Bishop points to how helpful and smiley the volunteers were and how visitors enjoyed their interaction with them.

IPM 2018 will be held in  Chatham-Kent.


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