Huron IPM barn quilt trail highlighted in new book - Sept. 14, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Huron County’s barn quilt trail, which has taken shape in the months leading up to the International Plowing Match (IPM), has now been immortalized in a book.
The book, which was officially released late last month at the IPM’s beautification gala, features photos and stories behind all of the barn quilts erected in Huron County leading up to the match. There are 164 quilts registered in total as part of the trail, many of which are located in The Citizen’s coverage area.
The barn quilt trail really began when Tim and Donna Prior of Brussels Agri-Services and The Cowboy Loft in Brussels sponsored the competition and quilts began to pop up all over the county. The Priors, with a barn quilt celebrating their home farm’s wagyu beef, were among the first to raise a barn quilt at their home.
Since then, another 163 barn quilts have been created and erected around Huron County, each with its own story to tell. Those stories, along with beautiful pictures of each quilt, are all included in the book, which will be available to buy at the IPM souvenir booth and then after the match.
Some of the many local standouts included in the book are:
• Gerald and Mary Ellen Jefferson and “The Irish Star” located north of Auburn
• “Canadian Roots” at the home of Ashley Higgins between Belgrave and Brussels
• “Farmer’s Daughter” at the home of Melanie Pletch as a tribute to her parents Murray and Wilma Scott near Westfield
• Bill and Doreen Taylor’s “Taylor Faith, Hope and Love” on Nature Centre Road
• The “Blyth Brook Star” at the home of Ken and Dianne Siertsema just northwest of Blyth
• The “Armstrong Aerodrome” barn quilt that belongs to Jim and Leona Armstrong just east of Brussels. This barn quilt will be on display at the Brussels Fall Fair tent at the IPM
• The Maitside Orchards barn quilt just west of Brussels at the farm
• “Bird Nest” belonging to Merle and Rhonda Hoegy near Brussels
• Huron Feeding Systems’ “HFS Maples and Grains” belonging to Joe and Deb Seili
• Don McNeil’s “Art Mixture Quilt” at his shop in the north end of Brussels
• Gord and Julie Mitchell’s “Railway Quilt” and Neil and Marie Mitchell’s “Corn and Beans Wheel” near Walton
• The “CHSS Special” that celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 100th IPM at Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton
• “It’s All About The Farm” by Les and Deb Falconer in Tuckersmith
• The “Ginn Family Quilt” in Central Huron by Warden Jim Ginn and his wife Brenda
• Gary and Janet Caesar’s Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh “Allis Chalmers” quilt
• “Country at Heart” by Kayla Bishop near Bluevale
• “Carpenter’s Star” by Ron and Lynne Godkin, which is west of Winthrop
• The “Hoggart Barn Quilt” at the home of Dan and Michelle Hoggart near Londesborough
• The “Mill Road Compass” by Patti and Henry Hendriks near Lucknow
• The “Mr. Magoo” barn quilt at McGavin Farm Equipment is one of many in Walton, including “Dutch Rose” by Don and Monique Baan, “Memories From Long Ago” by Lorne and Bonnie Glanville, Kevin and Kim Murray’s “Proud To Live In Huron County”, Annelies Ringgenberg’s “The Cownadian Dream” and Neil and Marie Mitchell’s “Grandpa’s Carpenter Wheel”
• Jack Ryan, the IPM’s home farmer, has put up “Marianna Sunflower Memory” in honour of his late wife Marianna
• Matt and Julie Shortreed, also of Walton, have erected the “Shortreed Family Farm” barn quilt at their home farm
• Allan and Karen Webster have the “Double Windmill” at their Wingham-area farm
• Rick and Jo-Ann McDonald have the “McDonald Family Quilt” at their Walton-area farm
• The “Thresher Flying Geese” has been created for the Huron Pioneer Thresher and Hobby Association and is on the organization’s new Memory Building at the Blyth Campgrounds.
For more information on the book or on the Huron Barn Quilt Trail, visit plowingmatch.org.