IPM 2017 searching for 1,000 volunteers for match - Feb. 16, 2017
Tens of thousands of people will soon descend into Walton, as the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) hosts its 100th match, Sept. 19 – 23, 2017.
Volunteers have been organizing this event for four years; organizing the infrastructure to welcome exhibitors and visitors to tented city, booking entertainment acts and organizing an educational program for school children, to name a few of the many activities.
Further still, IPM 2017 will need the support of 1,000 volunteers in the month of September to help ensure a successful event.
“There are many volunteers needed to run an IPM because we want to be able to reinvest all the monies made back into our local community and community groups” says Mary Garriock, Co-Chair of Volunteers. “You can volunteer as a group or volunteer as an individual on behalf of a community organization. We will be tracking the number of people working and the number of hours worked, and if IPM 2017 generates a profit, we will redistribute a portion of those dollars back to the community groups that helped us during the match. It’s a win-win for everyone!”
There are many different opportunities and activities for which one can volunteer, no matter the age or ability. Before the match begins there are opportunities to get the site ready, directing exhibitors to their locations and landscaping the activity tents. When the match is open, volunteers are needed to direct traffic and help people to park, drive tractors, meet and greet at the gate, receive tickets, share knowledge at the information booths and make lunches for the plow competitors, just to name a few.
Volunteers can sign up online by going to plowingmatch.org/
volunteer-ipm-2017 or by attending one of the IPM 2017 lead-up events throughout Huron County at the Seaforth Library on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6 - 8 p.m., or Bayfield Arena on Sunday, March 5 from 1 - 3 p.m. or at REACH Huron, Clinton on Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For additional information, e-mail Mary Garriock and Lori Vanstone, IPM 2017 volunteer co-chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org