History of the Queen of the Furrow
It started in Elgin County at the International Plowing Match held near Springfield ON. The first Crowned Queen was Mrs. Linda Prong from Sparta ON. Since then the Queen competition has expanded to what it is today.
Each Queen must compete in their own county or region the year prior to the I.P.M. The requirements are an interview, plowing a parcel of land, and giving a speech. Personality and being able to present oneself are very big factors too.
The young ladies, between the ages of 16 and 24, are usually rural girls with a farming or an agricultural background and must be knowledgeable in the latest methods of plowing, agriculture, food production, safety, environmental issues and other community programs.
As a representative of the local association, the Queen of the Furrow participates in a number of activities such as local fairs, Food Aid Days, milking competitions, Farm Shows and 4-H Education Programs.
In 1977 Ottawa Carleton crowned their first Queen of the Furrow, Margaret Drough, and since then 27 young ladies have represented the association with grace and style. In 1988, Jill Patterson, was crowned Ontario Queen of the Furrow and several of the girls have placed in the top 5 competitors at the I.P.M.
This year a Princess Competition may take place to give younger girls a chance to mature and grow in the agricultural community with the idea of making Ottawa Carleton Plowmen’s Association a viable entity far into the future