Donna and Tim Prior

September 11, 2017 1:36 pm Published by

Donna and Tim Prior

Priors blaze barn quilt trail ahead of IPM 2017

Tim and Donna Prior, the owners of Brussels Agri-Services and The Cowboy Loft put up $750 for the county’s best barn quilt and $250 for the fan favourite in a competition encouraging residents to spruce up their barns with a barn quilt. All part of the International Plowing Match 2017 in Huron County.

Tim and Donna Prior, sponsors of Huron County Barn Quilt Trail

The 150 plus barn quilts created for the IPM Sept 2017 are now the Huron County Barn Quilt.  Tim and Donna worked with  Gardiner’s Gate of Ilderton for their design, a Canadian flag, four maple leaves depicting the fall season and a mural of a Wagyu cow, the type of animal the Priors have on their home farm east of Brussels.

In an interview with The Citizen, Prior says that he first encountered a barn quilt when he was in the Glencoe area, travelling for work. He saw how the barn quilts could be a lasting reminder of the plowing match, beautifying the landscape for many years after the event.

Painted by Cheryl Gardiner, Gardiner’s Gate Custom Handcrafted BARN QUILTS

“We are very excited about this initiative, as these barn quilts will last for years after the match is complete,” said IPM Chair Jacquie Bishop. “When you see these barn quilts hanging three, four, five years down the road, you will think of the memories made at IPM 2017.”


Link to newspaper article written by SHAWN LOUGHLIN in The Citizen, published in north Huron County, Ontario, Canada. Also preserved here.


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This post was written by Mary Simpson