A Fresh Taste of Farming … the 2016 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo

The 2016 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) [http://www.plowingmatch.org/home-2016] – Come enjoy A Fresh Taste of Farming at the 2016 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM). With something for everyone the IPM is a unique event for the whole family.

The Farming for the Future Tent will be showcasing the 1/16 scale Enviro-Farm. This showcase will give farmers and non-farmers alike a chance to learn about modern, environmentally friendly farming. The Farming for the Future Tent will also be showcasing a speaker series, Tailgate Talks, covering a variety of topics such as succession planning, organic farming and using social in your farm business.

The Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA) [http://www.plowingmatch.org/index.php] is proud to host the 2016 IPM [http://www.plowingmatch.org/home-2016] in the town of Minto (Harriston), ON [http://plowingmatch.org/images/2016/pdfs/IPM2016-Site-Map.pdf] and welcomes everyone. The Match is a unique 5-day event full of family fun and excitement with something for everyone!

The 2016 IPM will be hosting many perennial favourite events including the 2016 RAM Rodeo Tour. IPM visitors will get to witness experienced riders vying for important points on the RAM Rodeo Tour. The IPM is stop 13 of 15 so every point is important; come and join the excitement knowing that what you witness could decide the championship!

The 2016 IPM is excited to showcase the RCMP Musical Ride. Come and watch as very Canadian figures ride their mounts in formation along to music. Join us in witnessing a truly Canadian tradition of honour and valour. And during the days the shows are on you will have the opportunity to come see the horses and meet the riders, too!

The 2016 IPM is ready to put on a display of prowess, technique and honour. We will see modern men take to the field to perform the age-old sport of jousting. These knights will take part in a full contact tournament for all to see. Come watch the Knights of Valour and cheer on your knight in shining armour.

See the 2016 Match schedule [http://www.plowingmatch.org/images/2016/pdfs/IPM2016_Schedule.pdf] for times for these and many more exciting shows and events.

Visit the 100-acre Tented City. With over 500 vendors and exhibitors there is something new around every corner. Explore lifestyle exhibits; visit one of the many food vendors. Check out the Hydro One Education Centre with something fun and engaging for kids of all ages! On Saturday morning kids are invited to enjoy a variety of activities at the free BMO Bank of Montreal pancake breakfast.

Take a wagon to the Plow Fields and watch the BMO Plowing Competition [http://www.plowingmatch.org/plowing/bmo-plowing-schedule] where you will see traditional horse plowing, sulky plowing and tractor plowing using the most up-to-date reversible plows.

The IPM and OPA would like to thank the Government of Ontario [http://www.grants.gov.on.ca/GrantsPortal/en/OntarioGrants/GrantOpportunities/OSAPQA005140] for its support of many of these events.

Come and join in the excitement at the 2016 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo!

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