Last Day For The IPM

A half bushel and a peck, and a whole lot more, can be seen at the 2018 International Plowing Match in Chatham-Kent until Saturday, 22 September.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A half bushel and a peck, and a whole lot more, can be seen at the 2018 International Plowing Match in Chatham-Kent until Saturday, 22 September.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(PAIN COURT, ON) – If you haven’t yet visited the International Plowing Match being hosted in Pain Court, today is the final day for the event covering everything agricultural. A good pair of shoes in a must for every visitor as you’ll walk a country mile or two while you take in the over 275 vendors, displays, and events spread across 850 acres.

The main attraction plowing competition, involving 172 hopefuls in 22 different classes and groups, is just a small part of the overall experience. With Guinness Record attempts, live music and entertainment, and the always popular Canadian Cowgirls, there is much more to do at the IPM.

A working steam tractor built by the McIntosh Engine Works of Utica, NY, was on display at the 2018 International Plowing Match in Chatham-Kent.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A working steam tractor built by the McIntosh Engine Works of Utica, NY, was on display at the 2018 International Plowing Match in Chatham-Kent.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A grand lounge in Partnership Park at the International Plowing Match's Tented City offers visitors a relaxing setting for a rest, thanks to the sponsors who helped to make the event happen.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A grand lounge in Partnership Park at the International Plowing Match’s Tented City offers visitors a relaxing setting for a rest, thanks to the sponsors who helped to make the event happen.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With over 275 indoor and outdoor vendors, public services, and food options, there was something to appeal to just about everyone in attendance at the IPM in Chatham-Kent.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With over 275 indoor and outdoor vendors, public services, and food options, there was something to appeal to just about everyone in attendance at the IPM in Chatham-Kent.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

During harvest time, the steam tractor powered the belt-driven threshing machine which removes the seeds from the stalks and husks from grain crops. A live demonstration can be seen at the 2018 International Plowing Match in Pain Court.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

During harvest time, the steam tractor powered the belt-driven threshing machine which removes the seeds from the stalks and husks from grain crops. A live demonstration can be seen at the 2018 International Plowing Match in Pain Court.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Whether a home gardener or tending to a multi acreage farm, the International Plowing Match in Pain Court has all the implements of the trade needed to get the work done.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Whether a home gardener or tending to a multi acreage farm, the International Plowing Match in Pain Court has all the implements of the trade needed to get the work done.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A comfortable pair of shoes is a requirement while visiting the International Plowing Match in Chatham-Kent. The 101st edition of the 5-day agricultural celebration there was there’s plenty of opportunity to learn about agriculture spread out across the 850 acres.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A comfortable pair of shoes is a requirement while visiting the International Plowing Match in Chatham-Kent. The 101st edition of the 5-day agricultural celebration there was there’s plenty of opportunity to learn about agriculture spread out across the 850 acres.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With strategically located seating, guests at the IPM can enjoy a quick bite to eat and a rest while deciding on the next exhibit to visit.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With strategically located seating, guests at the IPM can enjoy a quick bite to eat and a rest while deciding on the next exhibit to visit.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

An autumn theme dominated the International Plowing Match's numerous vendors, sponsors, and informational displays. Bales of hay, alternatively coloured pumpkins, and chrysanthemums abounded.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

An autumn theme dominated the International Plowing Match’s numerous vendors, sponsors, and informational displays. Bales of hay, alternatively coloured pumpkins, and chrysanthemums abounded.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The world renown Canadian Cowgirls, of Chatham-Kent, brought their ultra patriotic equine drill show to the 2018 International Plowing Match in Pain Court. The Cowgirls perform two shows daily in the Ram Rodeo Ring at the IPM.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The world renown Canadian Cowgirls, of Chatham-Kent, brought their ultra patriotic equine drill show to the 2018 International Plowing Match in Pain Court. The Cowgirls perform two shows daily in the Ram Rodeo Ring at the IPM.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

One of the most interesting exhibits at the International Plowing Match was a display of the over 75 different crops grown in Chatham-Kent. The municipality is Canada's leading producer of carrots, seed corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, and pumpkins, and the province's No. 1 producer of quail, green peas, sugar beets, asparagus, and field peppers.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

One of the most interesting exhibits at the International Plowing Match was a display of the over 75 different crops grown in Chatham-Kent. The municipality is Canada’s leading producer of carrots, seed corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, and pumpkins, and the province’s No. 1 producer of quail, green peas, sugar beets, asparagus, and field peppers.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Tillsonburg's Charlie Agro and Port Burwell's Rick Loucks are half of the classic country band Southbound, along with Brantford's Doug Johnson and Dwayne Friesen of the Waterford area. Southbound played the Pride Seeds Main Stage at the 2018 International Plowing Match in Pain Court on 19 September.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Tillsonburg’s Charlie Agro and Port Burwell’s Rick Loucks are half of the classic country band Southbound, along with Brantford’s Doug Johnson and Dwayne Friesen of the Waterford area. Southbound played the Pride Seeds Main Stage at the 2018 International Plowing Match in Pain Court on 19 September.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A 1950 Ferguson, owned by Bob Ross of Merlin, is just one of hundreds of vintage tractors and farm machinery on display at the International Plowing Match in Pain Court.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A 1950 Ferguson, owned by Bob Ross of Merlin, is just one of hundreds of vintage tractors and farm machinery on display at the International Plowing Match in Pain Court.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata