Over 76,000 attend rain-shortened IPM in Walton
The 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) is pleased to confirm 2017 was a very successful Match. The IPM welcomed 76,546 visitors over the shortened four days of the IPM.
“All of our stakeholders rose to the challenge to overcome the weather adversity during the week of the IPM which allowed us to welcome thousands of visitors to the Match,” said IPM Chair Jacquie Bishop. “
The IPM executive is pleased with the success of our exhibitors, our engagement of the residents welcoming people to the area, our community businesses with their sponsorship and support from all government levels.”
She went on to compliment all the volunteers, “Our volunteers went that extra “weather” mile showing the attendees the pride we had of hosting the 100th International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Huron County.”
Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA) President, Don Priest adds, “The 2017 IPM was a great success. The IPM and OPA extend a most sincere “thank you” to the many sponsors large and small and all the IPM corporate partners for their financial contributions and their in-kind support. Our presenting partners – Ontario Mutual Insurance Association, BMO Bank of Montreal and Hydro One – were once again central to the success of this year’s IPM.”
The streets of the IPM Tented City were crowded with visitors enjoying the many events and exhibits; Cathy Lasby Executive Director of the OPA noted, “Our visitors enjoyed an exciting program of events this year as well as the wide range of vendors.” Lasby added, “Exhibitor space was sold out – for both inside and outside vendors – for the 2017 IPM.”
Brian McGavin, Local Executive Committee Member, highlighted the youth attendance.
“The commitment from our local schools was outstanding. Fifty-four buses rescheduled their attendance to IPM 2017 after Wednesday of the Match being cancelled and a total of 202 buses full of youth attended IPM 2017 to celebrate and learn about agriculture and rural living.”