International Plowing Match (IPM) is coming to Kawartha Lakes this fall

By Lindsay Advocate

Counc. Ron Ashmore, second from left, was recently in Syracuse, New York, promoting this year's International Plowing Match.

The International Plowing Match (IPM) is coming to Kawartha Lakes’ Lindsay Exhibition this year, October 1 to 5.

“IPM is a great celebration of agriculture and rural living, which are very important parts of our community. We are hard at work planning this important event that will make a real impact on our economy and local pride,” said Deputy Mayor Charlie McDonald. The deputy mayor is the chair of visitor experience for the event.

IPM 2024 will have a wide variety of activities, including plowing competitions, live entertainment, hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, lots of food and an RV Park.

Councillor Ron Ashmore also attended the New York State Farm Show in Syracuse to let our southern neighbours know about the upcoming event.

The five-day event is expected to attract over 70,000 people to Kawartha Lakes. An event of this size is impossible without volunteers and business partners. There are volunteer opportunities in horse and tractor plowing, entertainment, marketing, souvenirs, education, RV park, wagon tours, landscaping, beautification, parking & traffic, gates, health and safety, parade, information booths, and more. Whether residents have lots or little time to spare, the team can find something for interested volunteers to help with between October 1 to 5.

Those who are interested in volunteering are invited to fill out the 2024 volunteer application. For more information, please contact Deputy Mayor Charlie McDonald at or the volunteer committee at .

For more information about the event, visit

– The Advocate is the official media sponsor of the International Plowing Match in Kawartha Lakes.

1 Comment

  1. Joan says:

    It is a lot of work as Councillor Ashmore can tell you. He has been instrumental in bringing this event to our community for the past five years. He has attended all the IPM events and is probably the most knowledgeable person about this event in our community. He is responsible for all the committees so if you have any issues volunteering, he is the one to contact for help.

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