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Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Boy's Best Day Ever!


Visiting the annual International Plowing Match is not just a day of fun for an nine year old boy, but also a time of learning.

Yesterday, I took Matthew out of school, so he could spend the day with his grandfather at the Plowing Match.  For anyone who isn't familiar with the Plowing Match, it is the country's largest outdoor show.   It is referred to as The Tented City and covers hundred of hectares, where the young and old alike can visit and learn and take part in country and farm exhibitions. 

My son Matthew is a young farmer at heart and just spent two weeks over the summer with his grandfather helping and learning at the family farm.  Spending the day at the Plowing Match was an amazing opportunity for him to check out all the latest and greatest in the farming industry, yet, most importantly spend the day with his grandpa.



Throughout the day they enjoyed watching the plowing challenges, and competitions.  They had a chance to watch the Dancing Tractors, which is square dancing tractor style.    Matthew rode a horse and to top the day off Grandpa and him went up in a glass-bottom helicopter for a 15 minute flight.   Not to mention enjoying delicious fair-type foods, all day long.

When I met up with Grandpa in the evening they were both laughing and excited, though their coats and boots were covered in mud.  They have already made plans to attend next year's Plowing Match, and maybe Matthew may even camp out with Grandpa so they can enjoy more than just one day together.

In the words of Matthew, his day out with Grandpa was his best day ever!














13 comments:

Cheryl Kirkness said...

Sounds really sweet! My son is still quite young but I look forward to more special days like this as he gets older.

Paula Schuck said...

That is awesome! I recall covering the match one year when it was near London. We were in the tented city for a whole week. It is a lot of work they put in to building the match. And there were stories everywhere. Great day for him for sure!

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

There is a Fall Fair coming up near me - I can't wait to go and see things like this!

Monica said...

What a wonderful day your son had with his GrandPa. Great memories for both of them and to top it all off, a ride in a glass bottomed helicopter, how great is that!

mamawee said...

sometimes I think kids can learn more by NOT being in school and being out in the community! I am sure he had an amazing time and a memory he will cherish forever

Christine McN said...

*sniff* I am sooooooo incredibly sad we weren't able to make it down to see you guys! It would have been so fun to go to the plowing match with you! I told you that the plowing match was Hubs and my FIRST away trip together when we were dating, right? LOL! Such is the life of a farmer's wife.

Margarita Ibbott said...

I have to admit, I have never been to a plowing match and I think I have missed out. Thanks for sharing this story.

OrangeHeroMama said...

awww! I had no idea how 'cool' the plowing match is! And now I've missed it and it was only about an hour away! :(

Tammy inRdream said...

AH!! So sweet! The best day ever! Making memories like that with children is so important! Sounds like something I would of loved to do too! Thanks for sharing!

Insane Mamacita said...

That is awesome your lil guy had a great day with his grandpa! Sounds fun!

Kevin L said...

I've never heard of the plowing match.. sounds like quite a fun time with gramps. My grandfather would have loved one of these events.. Miss him lots.

kevin :)

Mom vs. the boys said...

oh that would be fun!

Canadian Dad said...

Such a great story! My son loves getting to spend time with his Grampa's! Helicopter ride? Awesome!