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West Nipissing lands plowing match funds

FedNor is providing $191,250 to help the community host the rural expo in 2019.
Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré (centre right) made the announcement with community stakeholders on April 6. (Supplied photo)

The Municipality of West Nipissing has received $191,250 in FedNor funding in support of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo coming to Verner in September, 2019.

Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré announced the funding on April 6.

Slated to take place Sept. 17-21, 2019, the event is expected to attract 80,000 people over five days to the community, located about an hour east of Sudbury.

The event will feature competitive mechanical and heavy horse plowing, a vendor show, cooking demonstrations, traditional Indigenous dances, live music, games, rodeo events and regional cultural showcases.

This marks the second time the event has been held in Northern Ontario. In 2009, the expo was held in Earlton, Timiskaming District.

Planning for the event is underway.