International Plowing Match postponed for first time since World War 2

Prime Minister Justin Trudea plows at the 2017 IPM with some help from Brian McGavin. (Photo by Blackburn Radio staff)

The 103rd edition of the International Plowing Match has been postponed.

In a release, the Leadership of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association says the decision was made while monitoring local, provincial and federal government information and regulations, noting that the health and safety of volunteers, sponsors, competitors, visitors and staff will “always be our number one priority”.

The IPM is now next scheduled to run from October 13th-16th, 2021 at the Lindsay Fairgrounds and neighbouring farms in the Municipality of Kawartha Lakes.

Since its beginnings in 1913, this will be only the third time that the event has been unable to open. The IPM was also closed in 1918 due to a flu pandemic striking the City of Ottawa, and during the Second World War as it was important for all Canadians to dedicate their time to the war effort.

The release also noted that a site for the 104th International Plowing Match has been chosen. The event in 2022 will be held in Kemptville.