Match will raise region’s profile
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.