IPM 2018 Beautification Initiative


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

Planning sessions are already underway. Find out how your family and/or business/organization can help beautify Chatham-Kent for the IPM by taking part in the next information meeting - everyone is welcome!:

Thursday, April 5 at 1 pm
Park Avenue Business Centre in Chatham.

"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