Sept. 19, 2014 – Laura Price from Minesing in Simcoe County has been crowned 2014-2015 Queen of the Furrow at the 2014 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. Price is a graduate of the University of Guelph, and she continues her connection with agriculture, working for Cargill in Alliston.
Throughout this week's plowing match, local county Queens of the Furrows have participated in a number of activities and events. Judging is based on their performance in: Plowing Ability, Appearance & Deportment, Interview and their speech.
The new Queen is honoured with a car for the year courtesy of the OPA, as well as a scholarship. First Runner up was Jennifer Vanden Ouweland from Lambton County and Second Runner Up was Fabienne Kagi from Stormont County. Two other finalists were Morgan Roy of Frontenac Wolfe Island and Sheena Grieve of Oxford Blandford-Blenheim.
These young ladies will contribute their time over the course of the next year along with the other 30 county Queens representing and educating their communities in regards to farming, Agriculture, business and volunteerism with the OPA.
The 2014 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo enjoyed a very successful opening few days with wonderful weather.
The five-day event, which wraps up Saturday, Sept. 20, celebrates farming’s history with extensive historical displays and demonstrations. The 2014 IPM also showcases the modern with some of the newest and most advanced plows and agricultural equipment on the market competing.
This year's venue is in Ivy, just minutes south of Barrie. The last time it was held in Simcoe County was in 1997. Simcoe County has hosted the IPM five times within its 101-year history.
The IPM is the only event of its kind in the province: Antique plowing, Horse Plowing and Conventional Plowing competitions are featured.
Photo: Laura Price from Minesing, Simcoe County, wins 2014-2015 Queen of the Furrow.
Article and photo courtesy of the International Plowing Match.