IPM Beautification Competition names winners - Sept. 7, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
A number of local families, businesses and organizations have been honoured by the International Plowing Match (IPM) Beautification Committee ahead of the match later this month.
The committee, under the leadership of Chair Deb Falconer, had been working for months to beautify all of Huron County ahead of the IPM. The endeavour took in traditional elements like gardens and home improvements, but also added new ideas, like barn quilts, into the mix.
The beautification competition wrapped up late last week with the IPM beautification gala, which was held at the Seaforth and District Community Centre. Nearly 500 people were in attendance.
That night, Jack Ryan, the host farmer for the IPM in Walton, officially received his mayoral chain of office, while The Ballaghs brought entertainment to those in attendance throughout the night.
At the gala, the Huron County Barn Quilt Trail book was also launched. It details photos and stories from all 164 barn quilts that were entered into the competition and will be sold at the IPM souvenir tent over the course of the match.
George and Ruth Townsend won in the most attractive rural home category, followed by Karen and Craig Piett, who placed second, and Mark and Christine Coulthard in third. Honourable mention went to Jan and Chris Neutel.
Doreen and Bill Taylor’s home was named most attractive farmstead and they were followed by Sharon and Jim Nivins in second and Janet and Brad Bettles in third.
Huron Feeding Systems was named the best agri-business, followed by Maelstrom Winery in second and EverFresh in third.
North Woods Elementary School in Ethel was the winner in the beautification project category, followed by the Howick Bloomers in second and the Auburn Horticultural Society in third. Honourable mention went to the Wingham Horticultural Society.
Matt and Aimee Townsend won in the most attractive urban home category, followed by Frank and Marian Hallahan in second and Bob Leeming in third.
Joanne and Glen Walker of Costa Plenty Farms were named winners in the gateway entrance category, followed by Ken Papple in second and Maja and Don Dodds in third. Honourable mention went out to Monique and Don Baan.
Nancy and Mark Kernighan won in the most improved farmstead category, while Arletta and Steve Hallahan placed second and Glanville Farms placed third. Honourable mention went to Leslie and Steve Forman.
Jessalyn Hendriks won the 4-H Gatesign Award, which was sponsored by Dodds Century Farms.
Kim and Kevin Murray’s eight-foot-squared barn quilt was judged to be the Huron County fan favourite along the barn quilt trail, while Mary and Tony Vanden Hengel won in the four-foot-squared category.
For more information on the IPM, visit plowingmatch.org.