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since August. 2006
we at the Plowing MatchToday starts with cloudy and a bit cool, but as the sun came out and burned off the mist it became quite warm. A great day to go to the International Plowing Match in St. Thomas Ontario. We left the resort about 8:40 am and the one hour drive there was relaxing. Once near St Thomas we just followed the signs to the general parking area which was part of the St. Thomas airport. Very organized volunteers directed us thru a field and down a paved runway to our parking spot. Once parked we boarded one of the many donated hay wagons pulled by donated tractors driven by volunteers thru farmers fields past some Clydesdale horses getting set up to do some plowing.
We continued thru the fields on the field highway to the tented city where we were able to get off the wagons and enter thru gate number 2.
tented city ahead
We entered the grounds avoiding the lineups for tickets as we had purchased ours at Foodland in Forest Ontario for a $2.00 each savings. Using our walkie talkies we were able to contact Mike, Trish, Jordan and Trish's father Don. We walked thru the tented city to the Ram Truck display and met up with them shortly after 10:00am then began checking out the vendors in tents and on the many streets within the city.
Food vendors, clothing vendors, flea market style vendors, tractor displays, atv's, solar panels, farm buildings, houses, sheds, live animals, the many tents with displays etc..., antique tractors, cars and farm equipment. Live entertainment in various places. So much to see in the 100 acres of tented city. The weather was perfect, slightly overcast, dry and warm with a light breeze to keep you comfortable. We choose a back bacon sandwich and fries for lunch, some homemade ice cream for desert, free popcorn for a snack, and some fresh chocolate milk from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario tent. Some free fresh apples for another snack and enjoying the sights and sounds of the day. We did stop for a while to rest and watch the entertaining lumberjack show with log chopping, pole climbing, and a two person crosscut sawing contest. Even a log rolling contest where the professional lumberjacks did eventually get wet. The was so much to see but only so many hours in a day and it all shuts down at 5:00 pm. We walked and toured some more then ended up at the Final Furrow (beer thirty) with a huge inflated beer can to mark the way. This is a huge tent with full meals served, live entertainment and beverages. At this spot we met up with our friends again, relaxed and chatted for a while with a refreshing beverage.
After a rest for a while we made our way back to our entrance and boarded a wagon to take us back to our car parked about 15 minutes away at the airport. Once in the car our tired feet appreciated the rest. We made our way out of the area and to Tony's Pizza on Dundas St. in London Ontario where we met up again with Mike, Trish and Jordan (from the plowing match) and Suzie's Mother and Father. With a nice garden salad to start and an amazing pizza we had a nice filling and relaxing supper. Now after supper off to a the funeral home for visitation for a great aunt of Suzie's. After paying our respects we took our weary bones back home to put our feet up finally after a very busy day.
Over a 100 pictures I took today, you can click on the slide show to see them online on our web album, our just sit back and enjoy.
Thanks for dropping by and sharing our day with us!
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