Plowing match opens Tuesday


Ryan Thomas of Paisley plowthe first two furrows at the International Plowing Match's media day, held Thursday. Bruce County is hosting this year's match, which runs from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20 in Teeswater. (Eric Howald photo)

More than 80,000 people are expected to take in the 2008 Bruce County International Plowing Match (IPM) next week in Teeswater.

The IPM runs from Sept. 16 to 20 at the farm of Wayne and Wendy McKague.
The McKagues will be the mayors of the tented city which will occupy 950 acres of land. In total, 12 Teeswater area families have volunteered the use of their land for the event.

The IPM introduced its executive and community chairs to the media Thursday and then provided tours of the tented city, lunch and the ceremonial first furrow.

Ontario Plowing Association president Graeme Craig of Huron County said this would be one the largest plowing matches in years. There are 650 sites in the tented city and all but six are sold.

The match will leave an estimated $20 million in motels, restaurants and stores in the area, said Barry Ribey, Bruce County Plowmen's Association president.

There are 2,000 RV sites available at the match, said IPM spokesperson Cheryl Liefso, and more than 1,400 of them are already reserved. More than 15,000 students will be attending.

There will be something for everyone plus the plowing competition, Liefso said.
The opening parade starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday followed by the official opening.
Special guests Thursday included Jack Riley, chairman of 2008 Bruce County International Plowing Match; Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell; Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdoch; Milt McIver, Bruce County Warden; Bill Goetz, mayor of South Bruce; Graeme Craig; Katie Cheesmond, Ontario Queen of the Furrow; Barry Ribey, Bruce County Plowmen's Association; the contributing landowers. All Bruce County mayors attended, except Kincardine's.
Roger Thorne and the Bruce County Cattlemen's Association provided lunch.

To get to the event from this area, go east on Highway 9 to Highway 4 and then south to Bruce County Road 6; or go south on Highway 21 to Bruce County Road 6 (Ripley road) and head east until you come to the plowing match.
The site is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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