LINDSAY — Lack of information from the Ford government about the nature of pandemic restrictions this fall — if any — is getting the blame for the cancellation of the 2021 International Plowing Match.
Organizers with the Ontario Plowmen’s Association say they have been forced to make the heart-wrenching decision to nix the 2021 edition in Lindsay. They had already postponed the event, usually held in late September, until October.
The decision follows the cancellation of last year’s IPM. Plans were “well underway” to go ahead in 2021 at the town’s Exhibition Grounds and neighbouring farms — until the OPA called a halt again on June 29.
“In spite of the current decline in the number of Covid-19 cases, the Ontario government has yet to provide large provincial events with the details concerning capacity limits and additional restrictions,” the OPA said in a release. “While the IPM plans have been progressing, these uncertainties make it impossible to proceed with an in-person event.”
However, organizers say they continue to develop “events and options that will bring the IPM experience to our many dedicated and faithful volunteers, participants and visitors later in the year. Once government regulations for large gatherings are made available, the Ontario Plowmen’s Association will be making further announcements. Stay tuned.”
The next true IPM is still set for 2022 in Kemptville. Organizers are also working toward the 2023 edition in Dufferin County and a 2024 return to Lindsay.