2018 International Plowing Match comes in under budget
More than 77,000 people visited the IPM in September
A report to Chatham-Kent council calls the 2018 International Plowing Match in Pain Court, Ont. a "resounding success."
The post-event summary is the seventh and final update presented to council Monday night and includes recommendations for future events in Chatham-Kent, as well as recommendations for future IPM planners.
By the numbers
- Visitors: 77,808.
- Municipal Showcase Tent visitors: 24,740.
- $34,750 of sponsorship dollars provided to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
- 200 employees involved in planning and preparation for the IPM.
The Municipal Showcase Tent was budgeted to cost $200,000 but only came in at $180,000. The tent also leaves a number of items leftover for the municipality to use in the future, including the iron "CK" letters.
According to the report, one tent vendor said "we can say without a doubt we have exceeded our goals and expectations."
The budget for the Chatham-Kent Police Service was estimated at $43,927, but the actual number came in at $39,793. Police responded to 28 calls during the five days of the IPM. Ten of those calls were for calls for finding people.
The report recommends a defined procedure be established for lost and found people for future events.
Fire prevention and suppression and medical response came in $7,000 over budget, but that amount was then donated in-kind.
Fire services responded to 10 calls during the five days, as well as multiple assists to EMS for high heat patient triage.
Utilities came in far under budget at just $29,022. More than $53,000 had been budgeted, including money to provide drinking water for the event.
Tourist information collected
Team members of the community attractions department surveyed visitors on tablets.
- 49 per cent of respondents were from outside Chatham-Kent.
- 85 per cent of respondents attended only the IPM.
- 54 per cent of respondents spent more than $100.
- 20 per cent of respondents required accommodations.
The overall economic impact of the event is estimated to be at least $3 million. According to the report, the Ontario Plowman's Association may produce a higher number with additional data that is available to the organization.