Walton chosen as site for 2017 International Plowing Match in Huron County
WALTON — While four farms in Hensall, Vanastra, Brucefield and Walton were in the running as host sites when the International Plowing Match comes to Huron County in 2017, close to 10 different landowners near Walton will share in the honour.
Kayla Bishop, Huron County’s current Queen of the Furrow, made the announcement at a Celebration of Plowing at Seaforth’s Agriplex last Sunday.
“All four sites were keen participants in the initial process. We’ve never had such beautiful sites to choose from,” she said, adding the Ontario Plowmen’s Association is very impressed what Huron County has to offer.
“On behalf of the Walton community, it’s going to be an honour for all of us to host the International Plowing Match. Thank you to the committee for picking us,” said Joe Ryan, speaking on behalf of his extended family.
The farm of Jack Ryan and family on the southwest corner of North Line and Canada Company Road will be host to the tented city while the trailer park will be located on the Albrecht and Annelies Ringgenberg farm on Canada Company Road while eight other neighbouring landowners will provide the land needed for plowing events, parking and a horse park.
“It takes 1,000 acres to make it work,” said Huron County Plowmen’s Association president Brian McGavin. “It was really difficult to choose the site because they were all really keen for it.”
McGavin said the core organizing committee, made up of him, his brother Jeff McGavin, Paul Dodds, Steve Corbett, Carol Leeming, Barry Gordon and Melissa Sparling, wanted the IPM to be located in central Huron County and were looking for the right layout to accommodate the event.
“What was unique in Walton was that everyone was working together,” he said, adding that hosting the IPM in 2017 will show off the whole County of Huron.
By Susan Hundertmark, Seaforth Huron Expositor, July 3, 2013