Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark says the Ontario government has authorized the use of provincially owned land in North Grenville to be the host site of the 2022 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM).
Minister Clark had requested use of the site, located on County Road 44 adjacent to the Kemptville Campus and Education Centre, after being approached by the Ontario Plowmen’s Association and local organizers.
“I’m pleased that our government has formally cleared the way for North Grenville to host the 2022 International Plowing Match on the former Kemptville College lands, bringing this prestigious event back to Leeds and Grenville,” he said. “This is great news for our local volunteers, who I know are already working hard on the early planning in preparation for this major event. I look forward to continuing to support them and the Ontario Plowmen’s Association to make this IPM an unprecedented success.”
“The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is a staple event for Ontario’s farmers which showcases our renowned agriculture sector to visitors from around the world,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I’m very pleased to see North Grenville playing host to the IPM in 2022 which will bring strong economic benefits and investment opportunities for the local community and region.”
The IPM was last held in Leeds and Grenville in September 2007 when it was hosted by Rideau Lakes Township.
“The Plowing Match is an incredible opportunity for us to highlight our region’s rich agricultural history and to show the world that we remain on the leading edge of food production and agri-business innovation,” said Clark. “The event will bring tens of thousands of visitors to our community, providing an economic boost and creating new opportunities for investment that will benefit Leeds and Grenville for years to come.”