Plowing Match Wins Inaugural Tourism Excellence Award

By Bob Peters
February 25, 2016

Cornwall Ontario -  One of the biggest events to occur in Eastern Ontario in decades was formally recognized recently at the Business Excellence Awards.

The International Plowing Match was recongized with the Tourism Excellence Award. It was the very first time the award has been presented.

"I am thrilled that our TEAM has abeen recognized," says Jim Brownell, Chair of the 2015 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo. "It was a lot of hard work by a lot of people that started several years ago and culminated with an absolutely fantastic event. This award is shared with the Board of Directors and the great team that brought this event to our community!"

The International Plowing Match & Rural Expo took place over several days in September 2015 on 1,000 acres just north of of the town of Finch. It is considered the largest show of its kind in North America, and over 1,000 volunteers were mobilized to put on the event.

The event attracted close to 100,000 visitors and was viewed by many as one of the best plowing matches in recent memory. It was named by the Standard-Freeholder as the top news story of 2015.

"The Plowing Match had an impact far beyond the gates of the site itself," says Linda Wilson, Executive Director of Cornwall & the Counties Tourism. "Area hotels, restaurants and shops were all full. It was a great opportunity to introduce the region to people from across Canada and the USA."

The 2015 event marked the third time that Stormont Dundas and Glengarry has hosted the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. The match was previously held in Cornwall in 1936 and in Crysler in 1958.

The modern day City and Counties of SDG were well showcased to the visitors with a massive dispay tent and bus tours to and from and the match itself. A number of events related to the event were also held offsite.

In addition to good memories, the Plowing Match leaves behind a legacy fund that will be distributed to local hospitals.

About the International Plowing Match & Rural Expo

The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is a premier five-day event promoting agricultural and rural lifestyles. Each year, over the five days, more than 75,000 people attend to view education and commercial exhibits, and at the same time enjoy live music and local food vendors. The 2015 IPM will be held in Finch from September 22-26, from 8:30am - 5:00pm daily.

More info can be found online:

Business Excellence Awards & Citizen of the Year

The Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards is a distinguished Cornwall tradition established in 1988. The Awards recognize outstanding achievements by Cornwall area businesses and individuals in the fields of commerce, community work and/or innovation. The awards ceremony, coupled with the presentation of the coveted Citizen of Year award is one of Cornwall’s most prestigious annual affairs.

For more info on past winners, follow this link:


Category: Business