Attendance for the International Plowing Match in Verner has come in.

The official number for the event, which ran September 17-21, is 81,517. Of that number, 7,400 were students who used the festival as a learning experience.

“Our Board of Directors is thrilled and proud to have met one of our objectives of welcoming over 81000 attendees to our event.  We would like to thank our volunteers, sponsors, and exhibitors for joining us at IPM 2019,” says Neil Fox, Chair of IPM 2019. “The community of West Nipissing pulled out all the stops to ensure our visitors felt welcome and enjoyed their stay in our community.”

“The IPM was jam-packed with great entertainment and non-stop things to do for people of all ages,” says Sheila Marshall, President of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association, the parent hosts of the IPM. “There’s a reason we say you can’t do it all in one day.

“It was great to see so many people come out for IPM 2019 and have a blast while learning about the importance of agriculture and Northern Ontario’s many contributions to it.”

Some of the attractions to the IPM included the Skyhawks Canadian Armed Forces parachute team, Canadian Cowgirls precision drill team, chainsaw carving demonstrations, West Coast Lumberjack show and many more.

IPM 2020 takes place October 14-17 in Kawartha Lakes.