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International Plowing Match returns after two-year hiatus due to COVID

It is the largest outdoor agriculture and rural expo in all of North America, and it's taking place in Kemptville until Saturday, Sept. 24. 
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The 2022 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is in full swing in Kemptville.

The 2022 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) is in full swing. 

The event returns in 2022 after not taking place in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It is the largest outdoor agriculture and rural expo in all of North America, and it's taking place in Kemptville until Saturday, Sept. 24. 

Even organizer Harry Bennett told The Sam Laprade Show on Sept. 23 that it has been a fast paced job to put an event of such magnitude together. 

"We have organized this in probably 12-14 months," he said. "Traditionally, you start organizing an International Plowing Match about three years ahead of when it is supposed to take place and because of COVID, we weren't able to do that."

Since its inception over 100 years ago, the IPM has grown to become the largest outdoor agricultural and rural expo in all North America, drawing upwards of 50,000 to 80,000 visitors from across eastern Canada and the United States.  

Entertainment includes:

  • The Canadian Armed Forces Skyhawks Parachute Team
  • The Dodge Ram Rodeo and the Canadian Cowgirls Precision Drill Team
  • Nationally celebrated musicians daily on the main stage - all located in the IPM's exhibition grounds on Kemptville Campus.

Bennett said the last event in the area brought in roughly 25 million for the local economy.

"It helps in the community with gas, restaurants and lodging," he added. 

Leeds, Grenville, Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Steve Clark joined The Sam Laprade Show live on location on Sept. 23, said it's great to see an event bring people together. 

"This event is not just synonymous with plowing, but with rural living," he said. "You can come here and talk to active farmers who are producing food right here and now for families across the country."

CityNews' own Sam Laprade was live on location until 2 p.m. on Sept. 23.

Listen to the full interview with Harry Bennett below:

Listen to the full interview with MPP Steve Clark below:

 

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