The 2019 Canadian Plowing Championship will be held in Brock Township this fall.
The event will be held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 on a 100-acre parcel of land located at Highway 12 and Concession 7, just north of Sunderland.
“It’s a week of festivities and competition,” said Cheryl Timbers, a member of the organizing committee, during a presentation to Brock Township council on Monday (Feb. 4) night.
She noted that the event showcases the “art and skill” of participants, which will be comprised of provincial champions from across the country.
“The event is a plowing match but at a national level,” she told members of council, adding that the two winners will move on to represent Canada at the 2020 World Plowing Championship in Russia.
Organizers will host a kickoff dance on Sept. 28 prior to the arrival of the competitors the following day. A pair of practice days are slated for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
“The last three days are stiff competition,” Timbers said.
The opening ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. on Oct. 2, with competition getting underway at 10 a.m.
With an overall budget of $20,000, organizers are also looking to secure additional support and sponsors.
Timbers has asked the municipality to provide free-use of the Sunderland Memorial Arena for the kickoff dance.
“This is a great opportunity for Brock Township to host this event,” she said.
Members of council certainly agreed, with Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden echoing that sentiment.
Her colleagues quickly followed suit.
“I look forward to working together to create a great experience for all the people that will be coming here,” said Ward 4 Councillor Cria Pettingill.
“This is great news for Brock Township,” added Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb.