The 103rd International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) are postponed until October 2021 and in 2022 it will be held in North Grenville.
According to the Ontario Plowmen’s Association, the 103rd IPM will run from October 13th to October 16th and will be held at the Lindsay Fairgrounds and neighbouring Farms in the Municipality of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario.
The association also says plans will be moving forward for the 104th IPM in North Grenville.
“We are proud to announce that the Municipality of North Grenville and the Grenville Plowmen’s Association will be co-hosting with OPA. Please mark your calendar: Tuesday, September 20th to Saturday, September 24, 2022. We are proud to be highlighting the Kemptville College campus and the neighbouring farms at Kemptville, Ontario.”
This is only the third time that the event has not been able to open since 1913. The first cancellation was in 1918 when the quickly-spreading flu pandemic struck the City of Ottawa and during the Second World War, the IPM did not open as it was important for all Canadians to dedicate their time and talents to the war efforts, according to the association.
The association says the health and safety of the volunteers, sponsors, competitors, visitors and staff will always be their number one priority.