Bruce County Plowing Match Friday

Slade farm north of town to host event

By Josh Howald

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Bruce County Plowing Match is returning to Kincardine.

The one-day event is set to go Friday at the farm of Irwin Slade on Concession 7, just north of town. The farm is located three concessions north of Kincardine and four farms east of Highway 21. Admission to the plowing match is free.

While the main focus of the BPM is a variety of plowing competitions, “it’s a family affair,” said Cheryl Leifso, a member of the Bruce County Plowman’s Association and a past Queen of the Furrow champion.

“It’s a good opportunity to bring out the kids, see the antique tractors, there will be lots to do,” she said. “It’s a chance to learn about local farms and locally produced food, and the big event is the barbecue.”

In past years, hundreds have turned out for the barbecue, which begins at noon and features Bruce County beef, local vegetables, Gay Lea milk products and homemade pie. Tickets are $12 for adults and should be reserved in advance. To get yours call Tom Evans at 519-368-7461 or John Gillespie at 519-395-5248.

More than 70 contestants are expected to compete in different plowing contests, including horse, tractor, antique, reversible, junior and 4-H classes, as well as plowing challenges for local mayors, council members, ambassadors, VIPs and the media.

As of Wednesday afternoon, six young ladies had their names entered in the Queen of the Furrow competition. The ladies will attend an interview, do some plowing and present a speech during the barbecue. The winner will be crowned Ambassador and will represent Bruce County at a variety of events. The 2009 Queen of the Furrow, Teeswater’s Tammy Fischer, will be on hand to crown the 2010 champion.

Thursday is a set-up day for the organizers to iron out last minute wrinkles, while the plow contestants will practicing at the site and fine-tuning their equipment.

Leifso also extended an invitation to any local businesses that want to set up a display at the plowing match. There are already a long list of exhibitors that will be there, agricultural and otherwise. There is no power hook-up where the vendors will be, but anyone wanting to bring a table or tent out is welcome to do so. There is no charge for businesses to set up.

“We’re hoping for great weather,” said Leifso. “But we’ll have a great plowing competition either way.”