Two municipal councillors will co-chair the 2018 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo.
Darrin Canniff and Leon Leclair are taking the reins for the event that will be held over five days in September 2018 near Pain Court.
In a news release, IPM organizers said the two life-long CK residents understand the complexity and the huge effort required from an army volunteers to pull the event off.
Leclair, who farms near the IPM site, has already discussed the tasks that lie ahead with his CK councillor colleague Frank Vercouteren, who chaired the successful 1979 event.
“This IPM Rural Expo event is the greatest opportunity we’ll have to showcase who we are and what we have,” said Leclair. “If our executive and volunteers approach the success Frank and his team staged nearly 40 years ago, our generation can hold our heads high in 2018.”
Canniff agreed with Leclair. “I’m also very excited to be part of this event. It will showcase everything Chatham-Kent has to offer,” said Canniff. “And with talented people and vibrant organizations in our municipality, we will host an innovative event that inspires, educates and entertains over 100,000 expected guests.”
CK was selected to host the 2018 by the Ontario Plowmen’s Association through the initiative of Carl and Rob Sterling, member executives of the Chatham-Kent Plowmen’s Association. The father and son team continues to be committed to help stage the event and will be involved through communications, marketing and site preparation responsibilities.