• Hall opens at 6:30 PM
• Program Begins 7:30 PM
2015-2016 Fair Ambassador Competition
• 5:00 – 10:00 PM – Magical Midways “pay one price” Rides
• 7:00 PM – DEMO CROSS & Beer Tent
• 9:00 AM – Doors Open
• 11:00 AM – Parade of Floats
• 2:00 PM – Demolition Derby
• 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM – Grand Valley Fall Fair Dance
• 9:00 AM – Doors Open
• 11:00 AM – Heavy Horse Show
• 12:00 PM – Tuck & Tractor Pull
• 1:00 PM – Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull
• 2:00 PM – Pet Show (inside barn)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
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Welcome to the 143rd Grand Valley Fall Fair! Our fair is “an all ages community event for agriculture, about agriculture and the rural way of life.” The Grand Valley Agricultural Society’s board of directors and members have worked all year towards this annual event. We believe that we have something to offer everyone, but that you will not be able to see everything!
The Wednesday of Fair week, we host Agricultural Awareness Day for grade three students from Grand Valley, East Garafraxa and Laurelwoods Elementary Schools. They rotate through 8-10 centres, hosted by local farmers and agricultural specialists, learning about each business. Dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, goats, fowl, bees, eggs, conservation and seeds provide a small-group, interactive opportunity to share knowledge, dispel myths and create an interest in and understanding of what the rural lifestyle offers.
We want to thank the local businesses for their efforts to dress their window displays on the theme, “Feathered Friends.” Have a closer look as you shop downtown Grand Valley.
Friday night’s entertainment is Dirty Dishes, a trio of country-bluegrass-gospel sounds we think you will enjoy! The Ambassador Competition will provide some drama/suspense and the hall showcases local talents and skills with Homecraft and Junior exhibits. At the track, which we are told is one of the best, if not THE BEST in the province, the Demo Cross will provide thrills and spills.
The parade kicks off Saturday morning. There is great prize money, thanks to the Lions Club and GVAS support. Consider entering one of the categories, or line the street to watch and cheer them on! All the livestock shows are in or beside the barn. We have new corral gates this year, thanks to supportive donors. The proud exhibitors appreciate the interest of the audiences and the antics of their animals amuse the children in the crowd. At the track, Lawn Tractor Races and the Demolition Derby deafen the air and fill the bleachers. The Fair dance brings us back in the evening.
Our theme this year is “Feathered Friends.” The Fur and Feather Show is in the barn all weekend. Because the fowl is very susceptible to crowding, we ask that no other animals, especially dogs, be taken into the area. The Pet Show will move to the hall stage on Sunday to accommodate this. “Farmtastic Soundz” will return to provide an interactive hour for children. Plan to attend one of their three shows, get your face painted by Turquoise Tiger and join the fun of the Straw Bale Surprise!
Again this year, you can purchase advance tickets to the fair at Scotiabank, Fergus and Orangeville branches, for $6 per day; a savings of $4 for the weekend! We appreciate their sponsorship. Our loyal members, hard-working volunteers and generous sponsors keep our fair viable. Our visitors give us feedback to improve each year. As a result, our event is “highly respected as the best attended, financially sound fair in our area.” Thank you all! For up-to-date information, pick up an Events Brochure or visit the website www.grandvalleyfallfair.ca., then plan your weekend. See you at the fair!!
President, Grand Valley Agricultural Society
The directors and members of the Grand Valley Agricultural Society extend a heartfelt thanks to the following individuals and corporations for their continued support and participation, and to our new sponsors for taking part in our 10th Sponsorship Program. A sign has been mounted inside the exhibit hall with your name under the appropriate sponsorship category for recognition by the community and fair-going public.
The purpose of the Grand Valley Agricultural Society is to serve and participate in the interests and needs of the community and to promote agriculture. Your donations will go towards helping to meet prize money and the expenses of the fair. The listed were sponsors as of June 15, 2015.
President – Pat Kalapaca
1st Vice-President – David Good
Secretary – Jennifer Tovell-Jamieson
Treasurer – Dianne Orr/Janice McGowan
Homecraft President – Michelle Martin
To the end of 2015 – Jane Gravelle, Marilyn Stuckey & Lynda Moore
To the end of 2016 – David Good, Michelle Martin, Ellen Bryan & Jill Pogson
To the end of 2017 – Pat Kalapaca, Donna Blackwell, Josh Landman & Graydon McGowan
Unfortunately we have had to cancel our heavy horse show for today due to the weather and unsafe conditions. So far everything else is still a go!
CONVENOR: Justin Taylor 519 928 5383 | email@example.com
Saturday, September 20, 2014—11:30 am on the Derby Track
Registration ends at 11:15 am; Waiver must be signed.
12 years and over; ENTRY FEE: $5 per class
Class 1—Best Decorated
Class 3—Modified—14 HP and under; 15 HP plus
Class 5—Seniors (tractor and/or driver 25 years and older)
RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. Entire mower deck must be removed.
2. MUST HAVE tether cord kill switch
3. MUST HAVE working brakes.
4. MUST HAVE gas tank and batteries SECURED as well as all other parts with the potential to come off
5. MUST HAVE hood & fenders; MUST look like a lawn mower!
If you are interested in the DemoCross or Demolition Derby, please download the following registration forms which can be printed and filled out prior to the events!
Derby Registration Form / Demo Registration Form
For more information, please visit the Ontario Truck & Tractor Pulling Association website: www.ottpa.net
As your President this year, I first want to recognize and thank two former presidents, Bill Durkin and Lynda Moore. Bill Durkin served 2 terms over 5 years as president, and passed away last year. We miss his sage advice, his passion for the Agricultural Society and his boundless energy to get the tasks done. Lynda was president for five years, and made it her business to learn every facet of the Fall Fair! She has been and continues to be a knowledgeable resource and support. But don’t expect me to fill those shoes! Things change, we have come through a steep learning curve, and we have several new Directors and have established working Committees to share the workload and use their expertise.
It costs about $55,000 to put on the Fair. Without loyal members and generous sponsors we would be unable to continue this proud tradition. Please consider these businesses when you purchase a product or service. We always welcome volunteers, use of equipment and new ideas. Tell us what you like and want to see at the Fair. We work hard as volunteers and to keep within our budget, yet offer a memorable event. The Grand Valley Community Centre is always a tremendous help with Fair week.
We continue to fundraise throughout the year. Our Spring Fling dinner & dance was a huge success, and we hope to repeat that next April! The Upper Grand Two Cylinder Club is offering John Deere Days again this July. We have added clay to the pull track and trust it will be well-received as one of the best in the province. We will offer tickets to win the Community Quilt again this year.
This fair, our 142nd, promises to be a great event. Friday night’s entertainment, Tori Hathaway, will make you wish you were 15 again! The Demo Cross is a repeat after last year’s success. The Ambassador program is very popular as well. So, inside or out, you can find something of interest. Of course, our Homecraft displays showcase the talents of the community throughout the weekend.
The livestock shows attract folks young and younger on Saturday. The Parade signals the event to the town, Farmer Olympics will challenge youth and the lawn tractor races are returning! Demo Derby brings noise, thrills and spills later in the day. Our dance rounds out the evening. So plan a full day!
Sunday is Family Day. We have planned events and shows for the whole family: “Farmtastic Soundz “ will present 3 interactive shows; the pet show grows bigger and better each year; straw bale surprise returns. Then the roars of the truck and tractor pulls will fill the air! Bring the whole family and be part of the fun. Junior prize money will be paid out Sunday afternoon again this year, an idea we tried successfully last year, using our computer program.
Pick up an events brochure, plan your weekend and come on out to the Fall Fair!
President, Grand Valley Agricultural Society