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Exploring Beyond the Fields: A Guide to Enjoying Your Visit to the International Plowing Match

The International Plowing Match is like a bustling carnival for all! It’s an annual extravaganza that brings together farmers, vendors, and curious visitors from all corners of the globe to celebrate the fascinating world of plowing. Imagine skilled tractor experts going head-to-head in plowing showdowns, shiny farming gadgets, adorable livestock parades, and an array of mouthwatering treats that make taste buds dance. Whether you’re an agriculture enthusiast or an urban dweller curious about rural life, our program welcomes everyone. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city to experience the countryside. Join us to explore more than just plowing and agriculture – gain insights into the charm of rural living. To Learn more visit them here

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Every year, the International Plowing Match draws visitors from all corners of the world to witness the incredible spectacle of agricultural prowess and innovation. But there’s so much more to discover beyond the plowed fields and competitive tractor pulls. If you’re in town for the event, make sure to take advantage of the local offerings, from delectable dining options to captivating attractions and activities that will make your trip unforgettable.

Restaurants: Savoring Local Flavors

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After a day of wandering through the plowing match, your taste buds might be craving something more than just classic fairground fare. Luckily, the surrounding area boasts a range of culinary delights to satisfy your cravings.

  1. Farm-to-Table Delights at Forage: Forage outside of Orangeville offers a culinary journey that celebrates local flavors and innovative dishes, inviting diners to savor a true farm-to-table experience.
  2. Rustic Charm at Ray’s Third Generation Bistro: Ray’s Third Generation Bistro in Alton, delights guests with a blend of timeless recipes and innovative twists, inviting them to savor a taste of tradition and culinary creativity.
  3. The Heart of Downtown Orangeville: Downtown Orangeville’s eclectic dining scene, featuring Rustik’s rustic elegance, Greystones’ modern sophistication, and the cozy charm of Blue Bird Cafe and Grill, offers a diverse culinary journey to satisfy every palate.
  4. Cozy Elegance at Mrs. Mitchells: Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant is a beloved culinary destination that transports diners to a world of timeless elegance and exceptional flavors. With its warm and inviting ambiance, this charming eatery exudes a sense of nostalgia while serving up a diverse menu that caters to both traditional tastes and contemporary palates.

Activities and Attractions: Beyond the Plowing Match

Ontario Honey Creations

While the plowing match is undoubtedly the main event, the region offers a variety of activities that will add depth to your trip.

Arts and Culture:

  • Orangeville Art Trail
  • Museum of Dufferin
  • Theatre Orangeville
  • Alton Mills Art Gallery

Hiking Trails and Nature Walks:

  • Island Lake Conservation Area
  • Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area
  • Hockley Valley Resort Trails
  • Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

Family Fun:

  • Downey’s Farm
  • Ontario Honey Creations

Other Great Stops:

  • Landman Gardens and Bakery
  • Sonnen Hill Brewery
  • Millcroft Inn and Spa outdoor pools

Picturesque Towns: Uncover Local Gems


Beyond the plowing match, these small towns each hold their own number of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.

  1. Orangeville: Orangeville exudes a unique charm that captures the essence of small-town living with a creative twist. Known for its vibrant arts scene, the town’s streets are adorned with galleries, boutiques, and sculptures, showcasing local talents and fostering a dynamic cultural atmosphere. Lush parks and trails invite outdoor enthusiasts to explore the surrounding natural beauty, while cozy cafes and inviting restaurants offer delightful culinary experiences. With a welcoming community spirit and a backdrop of picturesque landscapes, Orangeville is a place where history, art, and nature converge to create an inviting and memorable destination.
  2. Grand Valley: Come and enjoy the beauty of Grand Valley, a peaceful place surrounded by hills and the Grand River. Walk around town and check out the cute shops and eateries where you can relax and chat with friendly locals. The river and the calm landscapes are perfect for chilling out and discovering stories from the past. Grand Valley is waiting for you with its friendly atmosphere, natural beauty, and a sense of history that will make your getaway unforgettable.
  3. Shelburne: Discover the heartwarming charm of Shelburne, Ontario, where the great outdoors, historic downtown, and small-town allure combine for an unforgettable experience. Embark on scenic adventures through lush parks and winding trails, immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Stroll down historic streets in downtown Shelburne, where time seems to stand still amidst well-preserved architecture and local landmarks.
  4. Amaranth: This charming small town offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its picturesque landscapes, friendly community spirit, and a touch of rural charm, Amaranth invites you to unwind, explore local shops, and experience the tranquility that defines small-town living. The surrounding farmlands add to the town’s character, providing a glimpse into the agricultural heritage of the region. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll, enjoying outdoor activities, or simply relishing the serene ambiance, Amaranth promises an authentic and rejuvenating getaway that captures the essence of rural Ontario.

Accommodations: Rest and Recharge

Harmony Cottage

After a day of excitement at the plowing match, you’ll want a cozy place to rest your head. Fortunately, the area offers a range of accommodations to suit various preferences and budgets.

  1. Country Comfort at Tailwinds B&B: Nestled in the picturesque town of Erin, Tailwinds B&B is a tranquil haven that seamlessly combines rustic elegance with modern comforts, providing guests with an idyllic escape from the everyday hustle.
  2. Modern Luxury at Mount Alverno: This captivating retreat invites you to immerse yourself in serene landscapes and unwind in luxurious accommodations, all while discovering a perfect balance between tranquility and outdoor exploration.
  3. Rustic Glamping at Harmony Resorts: Harmony Resorts Grand Valley presents a charming escape with their tiny cottage—a cozy haven that lets you embrace the beauty of simplicity amidst the splendor of nature. You can also camp or bring your RVs.
  4. A Classic Overnight at Best Western Plus: Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites offers a modern and comfortable stay, combining convenience and hospitality in the heart of Orangeville.

While the International Plowing Match is undoubtedly the highlight of your visit, the surrounding area has much to offer in terms of culinary experiences, accommodations, activities, and attractions. Embrace the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, history, and natural beauty to make the most of your trip. Whether you’re exploring charming restaurants, unwinding in cozy accommodations, engaging in outdoor adventures, or uncovering local treasures, your visit to the plowing match will be an enriching experience that goes beyond the fields.

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