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Dundas plowing match grounds receive upgrade

Danielle Lavie keeps her eye on the cut during competition at the Dundas Plowing Match in 2014.
Danielle Lavie keeps her eye on the cut during competition at the Dundas Plowing Match in 2014. - SaltWire Network

DUNDAS, P.E.I. - The grounds of the historic Dundas plowing match event in eastern P.E.I. were upgraded through funding from the Department of Rural and Regional Development’s Community Revitalization Program.

Gordon Jackson, operator of the Dundas Fair Grounds, said improvements and expansion to the horse shoe ring and show area have changed the grounds.

“We are so excited and proud to have the province of Prince Edward Island contribute to our achievements as a rural community and to the successes of our future,” he said.

The P.E.I. Provincial Plowing Match and Agriculture Fair Association Inc. celebrated its 78th year of agricultural success this year, with the first match being held on Oct. 2, 1941.

Every year, more than 6,000 visitors from near and far attend the plowing matches in Dundas. The three-day event is a great way for visitors to experience local traditions and witness the agricultural achievements of the Island.

From the early origins as strictly a ploughing competition, the fair has grown to include a wide variety of livestock competitions, including the national agriculture show. Many other events are also held on the grounds such as community activities, workshops, weddings and dinner theatres.

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