FINCH — A little over five years after this North Stormont Township village was abuzz with thousands of International Plowing Match visitors, a colourful afterglow remains in the community’s collective memory — as reflected in a new mural that debuted last week in Finch’s Main Street parkette.
2015 IPM Chair Jim Brownell attended the Oct. 13 unveiling, repeating later on Facebook how he was “indeed proud to have chaired this event and to have worked with a team of incredible volunteers!”
Affixed to posts in front of the brick wall of the neighbouring building, the mural depicts an original artwork by the “very talented Laura Stevens of Victoria Street Studios, Finch,” reported one of the event organizers, Lesley Phillips Moran, in a Facebook post. The mural itself is a laminated, photographic reproduction made by Shane Signs of Crysler.
Moran explained the 2015 IPM executive decided “it would be nice” to have a mural commemorating their major event of half a decade ago. “Ellen MacNaughton and I spearheaded the project. It was a collaboration of funds from IPM legacy funds, a Main Street revitalization grant and the Finch Recreation,” she told NVN. “There is still a plaque to be done that will be placed below the mural and will identify the three hospitals in SDG that received legacy funds from the IPM.”