Terfloth To Coordinate 2018 IPMFebruary 25, 2018 6:05am
A Pain Court resident has been bumped up the ladder from volunteer to coordinator of the 2018 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM).
The major community event is a mere seven months away. To help oversee all the committees involved in the event, organizers have hired Allison Terfloth as coordinator.
“It’s happening in my backyard. I live in Pain Court — I can literally walk from my house to the actual site and I wanted to be involved in the community,” says Terfloth. “[I wanted] to learn more about what the agricultural side of Chatham-Kent is.”
Terfloth says her new position involves dabbing in several areas, which includes helping different committees in ensuring they have the necessary tools to do their tasks.
“It’s a huge undertaking. We’re basically creating a city for a five-day event — and Terfloth will play a key role in its success,” says co-chair Darrin Canniff in a media release.
In the coming weeks, Terfloth says they’re working on a video to present at an upcoming convention, they’re also getting ready for a couple of farm shows, and a local sponsorship event in Chatham.
“[Since the IPM] is [seven] months away, there are some committees that are just getting ramped up,” she says. “You can’t put stakes in a frozen field so the infrastructure is just starting, but on paper, we’ve been working away for over a year.”
The IPM will be held in Pain Court September 18-22. According to a media release, about 80,000 people are expected to attend.
Residents or organizations who would like to help are encouraged to attend a sponsorship event in Chatham on February 28. The information meeting will be held at Sons of Kent Brewing Company from 5pm-7pm.