Kawartha Lakes crowns Queen of the Furrow
Elizabeth Arnold to compete at IPM 2020
KAWARTHA LAKES – When Elizabeth Arnold vies for the title of Ontario Queen of the Furrow this October, she’ll do so while wearing a Kawartha Lakes sash and crown. A panel of judges recently selected her to represent the area in competing for this highly coveted honour.
“It’s amazing. I never expected to actually win,” says the 20-year-old Lindsay resident of her inauguration as the local Queen of the Furrow. “It’s an amazing experience.”
Elizabeth was chosen on Feb. 23 to represent Kawartha Lakes during the Ontario Queen of the Furrow competition at the 2020 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo (IPM). The IPM runs Wednesday, October 14 to Saturday, October 17 at the Lindsay Exhibition Grounds and nearby properties.
Competitors seeking the Kawartha Lakes crown took part in a 10-minute interview with a panel of three judges. They also delivered a speech on an agriculture-related topic, following by impromptu remarks on another agrelated subject provided by the judges.
“The quality of the girls was excellent. Any of them would have done an awesome job representing Kawartha Lakes,” says Sheila Marshall, President of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (parent hosts of the IPM) and the 1973/1974 Ontario Queen of the Furrow. “Elizabeth rose to the top.”
Jennifer Hickson and Jennifer Jennifer De Vuono co-ordinated the Kawartha Lakes Queen competition.
Elizabeth is in the third year of a four-year health sciences program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. Her family is deeply involved with agricultural antiques.
“There’s not many girls in that sector of the agricultural industry, so being in that sector and having my voice heard is just an amazing experience,” Elizabeth says, noting she’s eager to “get out there” and spread her love of agriculture to others, while learn about aspects of the industry she’s not been exposed to.
Ontario Queen of the Furrow contestants – like Elizabeth, each is selected to represent their region of the province – will be accompanied by three judges during two days of competition at IPM 2020.
Elizabeth Arnold, Kawartha Lakes Queen of the Furrow.
They will be assigned points based on appearance and deportment, plowing abilities, an interview and a speech on an agriculture-related topic delivered on the Main Stage in front of a large crowd of IPM visitors.
Five finalists will be attributed additional points based on an impromptu speech delivered during the Celebration of Excellence banquet at on Friday, October 16. The 2020/2021 Ontario Queen of the Furrow will be crowned that evening.
The winner will spend the following year advocating for Ontario agriculture, travelling the province and attending events to promote the upcoming IPM and the Ontario Plowmen’s Association. She will continue her reign until the 2021 IPM, at which time a new Ontario Queen of the Furrow will be crowned.
The Ontario Queen of the Furrow competition, brought to you by the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association, has been a part of the IPM since 1960.
IPM 2020 runs Wednesday, October 14 to Saturday, October 17 of 2020 at the Lindsay Exhibition Grounds and neighbouring farms. For more information, visit www.plowingmatch.org/ipm2020.