Chatham-Kent Ready For 2018 International Plowing Match
The countdown is on to the 2018 edition of the International Plowing Match in the Chatham-Kent community of Pain Court. It's the first time in 39 years the event has been held in the area.
Between 80,000 and 100,000 people are expected to attend the tented city during the event's 5-day run starting September 18.
Local IPM Co-Chair Leon Leclair says, with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers, they are dotting the I's and crossing the T's before the event begins. Leclair says they are hoping to showcase Chatham-Kent while the match is underway. "We're trying to make sure that visitors come here to enjoy it and they cherish what they see here in Chatham-Kent so they come back next week or next month."
Stats based on past IPM's suggest the event will generate up to $20-million for the local economy.
Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls tells CTV Windsor he is looking forward to the event. "This is going to be fabulous. It's also going to give Chatham-Kent a taste of what Toronto traffic is going to be like, too, over the next week but it's going to be very very exciting."
Co-chair Leclair says, while nothing is official, organizers are even ready for a possible visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "It's not our call. You know, he's an important person but he did show up last year so we have a red tractor with a plow ready for him."
This year's event includes a number of activities including six different attempts to set a new world record and two attempts to break IPM world records. Those include creating the world's largest Caesar, the largest ever Egg and Spoon race and the most people eating corn at once. Of course, there will also be plowing, entertainment, crafts, dancing tractors and the Canadian cowgirls.
Advance tickets are available until September 15 for $15 or you can get tickets at the gate for $20.
Manny Paiva (with files from CTV Windsor)