Dundas plowing match grounds receive upgrade
The grounds of the historic Dundas plowing match event in eastern PEI were upgraded through funding from the Department of Rural and Regional Development’s Community Revitalization Program.
“The improvements and expansion to the horse shoe ring and show area have truly changed the grounds” said Gordon Jackson, operator of the Dundas Fair 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”.
The PEI Provincial Plowing Match and Agriculture Fair Association Inc. celebrated its 78th anniversary of agricultural success this year with the first match being held on October 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.
“The event centre has been a major asset to the Kings Country area and the Island as a whole” said Pat Murphy, Minister of Rural and Regional Development. “It demonstrates how our rural areas are able to host large events and contribute to the economic growth of our communities”
From the early origins as strictly a ploughing competition, the fair has grown to include a variety of livestock competitions including the national agriculture show. Other events such as community activities, workshops, weddings and dinner theatres are also held on the grounds.