Your invitation to the International Plowing Match & Rural Expo

September 16 – 20, 2014
Ivy, Simcoe County, Ontario
8:30 to 5:00 daily

The 2014 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is coming to Simcoe County, near the settlement of Ivy, from September 16 to 20, 2014.

One-hundred years of Ontario plowing match traditions and the rich heritage of agricultural lifestyle continues into the next century. Old traditions carry on while new traditions are forged with a strong 100-year-old foundation.

Simcoe County offers a great agricultural landscape, wonderful tourism and recreational amenities, a good industrial base, social and entertainment attractions, and rural family living. The Township of Essa within Simcoe County (whose slogan is “Where Town and Country Meets) is a rich agricultural basin well suited for the 2014 International Plowing Match.

In 2011, after a successful bid by the Simcoe County Plowmen’s Association with support from the County of Simcoe, announcements were made that the 2014 International Plowing Match would be in the County of Simcoe. The last time an International Plowing Match was held in Simcoe County was 1997.

An Executive Committee of 10 individuals with diverse backgrounds is responsible for the overall planning and execution of the 2014 International Plowing Match. Executive Committee Chairman is Cal Madill and Co-chair is Ken O’Brien, who is no stranger to past County and International Plowing events. Another member of the Executive Committee, who chairs the tractor park, is long-time plowman Keith Robinson of Cookstown. The 2014 International Plowing Match will be Keith’s 65th time participating in a plowing match with his trusty antique tractor and plow.

The remainder of the planning for the 2014 International Plowing Match will be completed by 32 committees responsible for providing enjoyable, safe, and interesting new learning experiences to people attending the plowing match.

More than 800 acres of beautiful fertile farmland, located in the local community of Ivy, will give rise to a homestead community setting for five days. The transformation from a rural farm setting to a gathering place of more than 20,000 visitors daily will showcase the very best of Simcoe County. Our host farmers, Ivan and Barry DeGeer, invite you to witness this transformation.

In September 2014, the transportation arteries within Simcoe County, and more specifically the Township of Essa, will bring visitors, both new and seasoned, to the official site located at 4716 20th Sideroad, Ivy, Ontario. Road signs will direct visitors to parking and drop-off points and Information Ambassadors will assist and direct visitors to their points of interest within a tented city.

Across from the tented city will be an RV park with approximately 1,500 campsites (serviced and non-serviced) located at the Essa and District Agriplex facilities.

While the annual plowing match means daytime plowing for some individuals, for others it means evenings filled with music, food and social activities after a long day of taking in all the events the plowing match has to offer.

“Good Old Days, modern new ways.” Please join us as we make our mark on this next century of International Plowing Match and Rural Expos.


Olympic Gold Medalist to Appear at Plowing Match

Jennifer Jones to Appear as Parade Marshal in Opening Ceremonies

Jason McCoy to Perform at the Match!

The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is excited to announce that this year’s featured musical entertainer will be Jason McCoy! Jason is a two time Canadian Country Male Vocalist of the Year, and has achieved recent success as part of the rockin’ country trio “The Road Hammers” who are currently on tour. Jason is a Simcoe County native, from the small village of Minesing, Ontario, and is performing his ONLY solo performance this year at the IPM on Saturday September 20th.
The Martels Rock & Roll Show!

The crowd-pleasing Martels hail from Midland, Ontario and were first formed in 1957. They offer Rock & Roll music of the 50’s and 60’s. The Martels will be performing several times over the period of the Match. Come on out and dance and sing along!
The RAM Rodeo Tour

The very popular RAM Rodeo Tour is coming back for the 2014 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. This show is not only a crowd pleaser, but also part of the nine-event Southern Ontario RAM Rodeo series. The tour has been thrilling visitors for 15 years. The show includes bareback riding, saddler bronco riding, roping competitions, barrel racing and ladies breakaway roping. The show also features a trick riding show and rodeo clowns! Don’t miss their competitive and entertaining shows, on September 18th, 19th, and 20th!
The Canadian Cowgirls

The Canadian Cowgirls come from Chatham-Kent, Ontario. They consist of 28 women and horses, who are all tied together by the Pride of being Canadian. The Cowgirls are acclaimed for their musical performance, which dazzle audiences with their precisions riding, stunning costumes, and dangerous and daring manoeuvres. The Canadian Cowgirls will be performing at the IPM 2014 every day!
Team Farmall Square Dancing Tractors

This show always brings smiles to audience’s faces with their performances. Farmall Tractors are prime for this show because of their narrowly spaced front wheels. From 1924 to 1963, Farmalls were the largest selling row crop tractors. The show was based on championship square dances used at National Farm Shows. The Team premiered their traditional square dance show at the 2008 IPM and the show has been a high demand ever since! This show is complete with 8 full size Farmall Tractors dancing to traditional square dance music and lead by a Square Dance Caller. The Dancing Tractors will be performing for four days of the IPM 2014!

The Ontario Provincial Police Golden Helmets Motorcycle Precision Team

This group began in 1963. The 20-member team is made up of OPP officers on regular patrol duties. The team consists of a Ride Master, Commentator, a motorcycle technician and 17 riders. The motorcycles used by the Golden Helmets are Harley Davidson Police Specials. They have 1690 c.c. engines and weigh 800 pounds. The Golden Helmets will be participating in the Opening Day Parade of the IPM 2014, on September 16th.

Old-Time Gospel Worship Service
Sunday September 14, 2014, 3:00pm, Essa Agriplex, Thornton,

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