Match will raise re­gion’s pro­file

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BY AN­GELA BROWN

News Staff Peo­ple will be com­ing from near and far to at­tend the up­com­ing Finch plow­ing match, bring­ing more busi­ness to Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry.

Based on at­ten­dance at past events, or­ga­niz­ers ex­pect 70,000 to 100,000 peo­ple will take in the event.

In­ter­na­tional Plow­ing Match and Ru­ral Expo steer­ing com­mit­tee chair Jim Brownell ex­pects visi­tors will come from re­gions such as New York State, Kingston and Guelph.

He adds the ex­hi­bi­tion will un­de­ni­ably be a great boost to the SDG econ­omy, bring­ing more traf­fic to restau­rants and busi­nesses. He has heard some ho­tels in Cornwall are al­ready al­most com­pletely booked up for the five-day event.

Mr. Brownell points out this will be only the third time in 102 years that the IPM has taken place in Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry.

“That in it­self speaks to what we have to do here in or­der to show­case our com­mu­nity to the world, more or less.”

Al­ready, 650 recre­ational ve­hi­cle park sites have been re­served. “We’re go­ing to have them pow­ered up for 1,000, and we’re well on our way to get­ting there,” Mr. Brownell says.

He is pas­sion­ate about the plow­ing match and makes no apolo­gies to be­ing a big fan him­self of many of the events and ac­tiv­i­ties planned.

He is par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to a fun event called The Danc­ing Trac­tors in which male par­tic­i­pants dress up as farm wives and wives play the part of their hus­bands, and to­gether they per­form a square dance on their trac­tors. “It’s quite some­thing to see,” says Mr. Brownell.

He ex­pects the auc­tion­eers' com­pe­ti­tion also will be another one of the high­lights.

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