Ontario Plowmans Association

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Ontario Plowmans Association

Entrance Hall
188 Nicklin Road
Guelph ON , N1H 7L5
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The OPA is the parent host of the International Plowing Match. Each year the OPA partners with a local plowing association to organize and host the IPM. The International Plowing Match is a sanctioned member of the North American Farm Show Council. As such, it maintains the highest standards set by the council.

Plowing Matches have been part of our agricultural history in Ontario for well over a century.  In the early days they were sponsored by Agricultural Societies, the first farm groups to be established.  

History records that in 1846 when the first provincial exhibition was held in the city of Toronto, a special feature of the event was a plowing match.  It took place on a farm on Young Street in the vicinity of St. Claire Avenue.  

These matches not only gave farmers an opportunity to display their skill in the handling of a walking plow, but to show the fine teams of horses, many of which were imported or were from imported stock.

On September 18 – 22, 2012, the International Plowing Match comes to Waterloo Region. The five-day event will draw 20,000 people a day to a celebration of traditional rural skills and talents, including quilting, cooking, and of course plowing and farming! We hope you will plan to come and bring your friends and family to share the fun.

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