Finch's mayoral couple
FINCH -- It has taken three years of planning and crop rotation at Redlodge Farms, but Mayor' Armin Kagi and his wife Monica are finally ready to welcome visitors to the 2015 Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry International Plowing Match & Rural Expo's main trade show area -- the Tented City'.
Armin explained that the ceremonial position -- conferred by the Ontario Plowmen's Association -- is reserved for the owner of the land occupied by the show. Some of the couple's duties will include participating in the opening and closing ceremonies as well as attending various social engagements throughout the event. The mayor usually rides in a convertible for the parade, but this year's IPM landowners have a float in the parade, so the Kagis will be aboard it.
There are certain requirements for Tented City land, including being located on grass as well as having (if at all possible) ready access to water and three-phase power, and Armin said their 92 acres met all of them. Monica mentioned that once the IPM is over, they will plow the site and plant corn next spring if conditions allow. In all, one quarter of the acreage at Red is being utilized by the 2015 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo.
The mayoralty chain of office travels from plowing match to plowing match, and each respective mayor gets to keep the attached medallion that is specific to their IPM year once the honorary duties are over. The medallion sports the logo of the IPM on one side, with the mayor's name, county and year engraved on the reverse. The chain also includes bars that have the IPM year and county inscribed on them.
Of course, the IPMinvolves more than the trade show, with public parking fields, an RV park for vendors and various sites for plowing competitors all set up. In addition to the Kagis, the event sprawls over land owned by Dale and Wendy Dingwall, Arnie and Marion Hakvoort, Rick Rutley, Steve Sanders, Stephen O'Donohue, Leonard O'Donohue, Marcel Leduc, Duncan and Karin Devries, Janet Graham, Garry and Sharon Nugent, Neil MacLeod, and Bretzler Farms.