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Members of the Teeswater-based Team Farmall troupe of square dancing tractor drivers perform during last year's IPM near Ayr.

Perth farmers big winners leading into 100th IPM

Sara Little, a West Perth resident, captured the 2012 Ontario Queen of the Furrow crown Thursday, Sept. 20 at the annual Queen of the Furrow banquet in Roseville. This is a huge honour for Little, as she will spend the next year promoting the Ontario Plowmen’s Association and the 2013 International Plowing Match (IPM) that will be held in Perth County.

The 2013 IPM will be the 100th anniversary of the first IPM.

Little, a graduate of the University of Guelph, is the daughter of Don and Deb Little. She is also former Mitchell Fair Ambassador (2007) and a 4-H alumnus.

There were over 35 other contestants from across the province who competed in the competition consisting of an interview, plowing, and a prepared speech.

First Runner Up was Mackenna Roth of Middlesex and Second Runner Up was Celie Diebold of Waterloo North. The winners of the Queen’s plowing competition were: 1st — Valerie Stone, Brant; 2nd — Holly MacDonald, Oxford Blenheim; 3rd — Samantha Klaver, Huron; 4th — Mackenna Roth, Middlesex; 5th — Sara Little, Perth.

Meanwhile, the Brodhagen family of Perth County — mom and dad Martin and Brenda, and children Amanda and Bryan — were the fist-ever Ontario winners of the BMO Bank of Montreal’s Farm Family Award. This is a new sponsorship program for BMO, in conjunction with the Ontario Plowmen’s Association.

The Brodhagens lost their barn to a fire in November of 2011, although no livestock was lost. But the operators of Hagenlea Beef Farms decided to rebuild.

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