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IPM 2018 Chatham-Kent Beautification ContestMarigolds picture - IPM 2018 Beautification Initiative


The IPM 2018 Beautification Committee is preparing to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to Chatham-Kent. 

Theme: Machines and Marigolds

The move is to decorate our entire community with Yellow Marigolds and Blue and Green Bows EVERYWHERE...throughout Chatham-Kent!

How can residents and businesses participate? Create your display. Tell your family and friends and get them involved!

The IPM 2018 Chatham-Kent Beautification Contest closed on August 15.
Prizes will be awarded early September.
People’s Choice Award will be given after the IPM.

IPM 2018 Beautification Bows - $10 (including HST)

IPM 2018 Beautification Bows and Signs

The Beautification Committee is selling colourful Chatham-Kent themed bows for you to display at the end of your driveway, on posts or anywhere to help beautify our community for the visitors arriving in September for IPM 2018 .

Bows are $10 each (HST included) and are available through:

  • IPM Headquarters - 934 Richmond Street, Chatham - 519-350-1686 infoipm2018@gmail.com
  • Historic Downtown Chatham BIA Office - 237 King St. W. Chatham -
    519-352-8387  IPM beautification graphic image

Sings are $10 each (HST included) and are available through:



IPM 2018 Beautification Bows and Scarecrow

"Our vision is to showcase Chatham-Kent, attract visitors and have them want to return," says Beautification Committee chair Linda Henderson. She says the theme is Machines and Marigolds, and encourages residents and businesses to use the lime-green and blue Chatham-Kent colours. These are also the colours of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo 2018 that will be held in Pain Court September 18 – 22.

"The official flower is the Bonanza Yellow French Marigold, which can be planted in early June and still be vibrant in September," says Henderson. “There can be central displays in each of the communities of Chatham-Kent, and individual property owners can showcase their own imaginations.”

Henderson points out that Chatham-Kent citizens have a long award-winning tradition of beautifying their homes, businesses, schools and community buildings with the goal of attracting visitors to our communities. "The displays throughout each community do not have to be identical,” she says, “and creativity is certainly encouraged. In the past, displays have often incorporated disused and antique farm equipment, and so we have included the idea in our theme
for the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo 2018.”

As many citizens have taken part in Chatham-Kent beautification campaigns in past years. Linda Henderson says she is optimistic that the information meetings will be well attended. She says she would be happy to speak to community groups about how they can become involved.

For more information, Linda Henderson can be reached through the IPM 2018 Facebook page or by email at beautificationipm2018@gmail.com.

Examples of Beautification from IPM 2017

IPM 2017 Beautification Picture   IPM 2017 Beautification Picture

IPM 2017 Beautification Picture   IPM 2017 Beautification Picture

  IPM 2017 Beautification picture

IPM 2017 Beautification Picture