The Ontario Pork Congress (OPC) will be returning to the Rotary Complex in Stratford to celebrate its 50th anniversary June 21-22, 2023.
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It will be the first in-person Congress since 2019. A 2020 virtual option was held, but show organizers said that “didn’t go well” at the OPC’s annual meeting last month at the Mitchell Golf and County Club.
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A large part of OPC’s appeal, said newly elected OPC President Kirk McLean, is the socializing amongst pork producers and industry.
Joining McLean on the 2023 OPC Executive is:
- First Vice-President: Kristy Perrin
- Second Vice-President: Marsha Chambers
- Treasurer: Frank Wood
- Secretary: Joe Dwyer
- Directors: Drew DeBruyn and Victoria Stewart
- Past President: Henry Groenestege
After two years without a show, McLean said the goal of the OPC executive is to get back to some normalcy, and bring the show back up to what it was pre-pandemic. He said there has been a lot of interest from exhibitors, including some from overseas. Prior to the pandemic, the show had been growing each year.
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He wouldn’t divulge any special plans for the 50th anniversary celebrations, but said that a committee has been formed and to visit the show website (porkcongress.on.ca) for regular updates.