JULY 2013


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    Grand Valley High School Reunion


    Open House – All Welcome


    Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013
    Meet & Greet: 4:00 PM
    Meal: 6:00 PM
    Cost: $15 per person
    Where: Community of Christ Church, Mill Street, Grand Valley

    Share stories of high school days, careers, families, and photographs.

    Extra: Doug Anakin (all the way from B.C.) is expected to attend and bring his 1964 Olympic gold bobsledding medal!

    Please reply to Leona Taylor (nee Bruce) by September 7th. If you wish to have a meal, please specify the number of meals you wish and make a cheque out to:

    Leona Taylor
    471121 A-Line
    East Garafraxa, ON
    L9W 7E8

    # of meals _______ x $15.00 =
    Name of persons attending meal:


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    Past President – Bill Durkin
    President – Lynda Moore
    1st Vice-President – Pat Kalapaca
    2nd Vice-President – Jane Gravelle
    Secretary – Jennifer Tovell-Jamieson
    Treasurer – Cathy Rooyakkers
    Homecraft President – Ellen Bryan


    David Tilson, M.P.; Sylvia Jones, M.P.P.


    To the end of 2013 – Bev Graham, Michelle Martin, Michele Chessell, Ellen Bryan
    To the end of 2014 – Pat Kalapaca, Marlies Kaehli, Cathy Rooyakkers, Cindy Greenwood
    To the end of 2015 – Jane Gravelle, Marilyn Stuckey, Lynda Moore


    Heavy Horse Show – Joanne Everson, Alice Mournahan, Allen Taylor, Allan & Kim Mournahan, Melody Darling, Verena Tupling
    Grain and Seed and Hay – Melody Darling , Arthur Taylor
    Roots and Vegetables – Melody Darling, John Black.
    Concessions and Displays – 519-216-6859
    Sponsorship – Lynda Moore, Donna Blackwell, Bev Graham, Marilyn Stuckey, Marlies Kaehli, Cheryl Whitworth
    Entertainment & Midway Committee – Donna Blackwell, Bill Durkin, Lynda Moore.
    Parade Committee – Amy Steen, Jane Gravelle, Rick Darling.
    Property & Grounds Committee – All Director’s Responsible
    Church Service – Sunday Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. – In arena at Community Centre.
    Ag Awareness – All Directors responsible–Wednesday, September 18.
    Horseshoe Pitching – Barrie Fuller
    Truck and Tractor Pull – Russell Simpson, Susan Simpson.
    Window Theme Display – Anne McPherson, Olive Montgomery

    The President, Homecraft President, Secretary and Treasurer are automatically on all committees.

    A meeting of the directors and members will be held in the Community Centre boardroom in Grand Valley on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 7:30 PM, to confirm prizes awarded and transact certain business that may be necessary.


    (Paid Membership of $5.00 received as of May, 2013)

    Alice Cowan
    Alida Bus
    Allen Taylor
    Amy Steen
    Anne McPherson
    Arnold Townsend
    Art Taylor
    Barb Tait
    Beth Durkin
    Bev Graham
    Bill Durkin
    Carol Agar
    Carol Halliday
    Carol Holloway
    Carol VanderGrinten
    Carole Rampling
    Cathy Rooyakkers
    Charles Schneider
    Cindy Greenwood
    Dave Robertson
    David Moritz
    Dodie Gilks
    Donna Blackwell
    Doug Jamieson
    Edith Reilly
    Ellen Bryan
    Elly van der Veen
    Eric Landman
    Gail Clarke
    Greg Moore
    Jane Gravelle
    Jennifer Tovell Jamieson
    Jill Gellatly
    Jill Pogson
    Jim Graham
    Joanne Stevenson
    Kathleen Mulliss
    Laura Edwards
    Leah Mitchell
    Joanne Stevenson
    Kathleen Mulliss
    Laura Edwards
    Leah Mitchell
    Liz Van Gerven
    Lorna McPherson
    Lou Berger
    Luella Montgomery
    Lynda Moore
    Lynn Wilson
    Margaret Hunter
    Marie Jordan
    Marilyn Stuckey
    Marion Taylor
    Marlies Kaehli
    Martin Rooyakkers
    Mathew Rooyakkers
    Merv Smith
    Michelle Martin
    Mike Kalapaca
    Murray Smeltzer
    Myrna Roberts
    Nina Townsend
    Olive Montgomery
    Pat Kalapaca
    Pieter van der Veen
    Rebecca Landman
    Rick Taylor
    Robert Greenwood
    Robin Berger
    Roland Wick
    Ruth McPherson
    Sarah Rooyakkers
    Sherry Wick
    Sheryl Moore
    Susan Moritz
    Tania Scheiwiller
    Walter Kaehli
    William Bus


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    When: Sunday, September 22, 2013 @ 12:00 Noon


    Circuit Vintage Tractors–6,500 lbs.Hot Stock 4 x 4 Trucks–5,500 lbs.
    Modified Farm Tractors – 10,500 lbs.
    Non Circuit 4 X 4 Diesel Trucks – 8.500 lbs. (limit 15)
    Pro Street Diesel – 4 x 4 –8,200 lbs.
    Non Circuit 4 X 4 Gas Trucks – 6,500 lbs. (limit 15)
    Non Circuit Vintage Tractor – 5,500 lbs.
    (1958 or earlier – 20” Draw Bar)

    Note — There are new rule changes for all non-circuit 4 X 4 trucks, please see track officials.

    OTTPA RULES APPLY // Scales Situated on Fair Grounds

    For More Information Contact: Russell Simpson 519-928-3378

    Truck & Tractor Pull Sponsors

    Grand Valley Agricultural Society wishes to thank the following sponsors for their continued support of the G.V. Fall Fair Truck & Tractor Pull. To Russell and Susan Simpson our thanks for all the time and effort you have put into this event at many of our Fall Fairs. The Truck and Tractor Pull will be held Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the G.V. Fairgrounds at 12:00 noon.

    All Star Auto Glass
    Amaranth Aggregates
    Amaranth Auto Service
    Arthur’s Fuel
    Blackstock Ford Lincoln
    Davison Bus Lines
    Decker’s Tire
    Ed Stewart’s Garage & Equipment Ltd.
    Fuller Contracting Inc.
    Gord Davenport Automotive Ltd.
    Gowland Truck & Tractor
    Grand Valley Insurance Brokers Ltd
    Greenwood Ready Mix
    Hallmark Toyota
    Highland Fuels
    Highland Supply
    Orangeville Equipment Rental
    Rayburn Construction Ltd
    Ron Crane Custom Farming Ltd
    Russell & Susan Simpson
    Silverdale Motors
    Tait Bros. Contracting Limited
    The Metal Detector
    Town of Grand Valley
    WD Tait Enterprises Ltd
    Woodrill Ltd


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    MooonicaA lot of families are not aware that the milk they drink everyday and at breakfast actually comes from a real cow on a farm in Canada.

    The Dairy Farmers of Canada From Farm to Table Experience strives to educate families about life on a farm, the dairy process and how their milk gets From Farm to Table. Families are able to interact with Mooonica, a lifesize mechanical cow, making the learning process fun.

    The Dairy Farmers of Canada From Farm to Table Experience is:

    • FUN!
    • UNIQUE!


    Mooonica, Dairy Farmers of Canada’s life-size mechanical cow, is a hit with kids and unlike any other program.

    The From Farm to Table Crew engages with children by allowing them to ‘milk’ the cow and receive a sticker as well as hand out colouring sheets as a fun activity.

    The Crew consists of three specially trained individuals. Families can also enjoy a short video on milk production and life on a farm.

    Appearing all weekend at the Grand Valley Fall Fair


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    2013President I can’t believe I am writing another “President’s Message” – this is number five – time has just flown by! The Grand Valley Agricultural Society is now 141 years old & the “Wheels” of time are moving fast. Technology is becoming the way of communicating & we are right there with our website, an updated address file for all our sponsors/contacts plus Facebook & Twitter. Do check out our website at www.grandvalleyfallfair.ca for information about all our events.

    The brand new event this year is our Demolition Derby Cross which will be on the Friday night. This event has ramps, jumps & turns which will definitely give more thrills for your money. The Farmer Olympics organized by the Dufferin Junior Farmers will be back again this year at a new location on the Derby track – it is fun for ages 17 & up. Last year we had a first for us as the “Upper Canada Two Cylinder Club Show”(John Deere Club) hosted their show July 27 – 29, 2012. It was just amazing to see approximately 200 John Deere and Case tractors out there on the soccer field. The Ag Soc hosted a sold out roast beef dinner catered by Marie’s Valley Inn Restaurant & we have decided to sell the dinner tickets by timed seatings – so get your tickets early. The John Deere weekend will be back again this year July 26 – 28 with special guests, Ford Tractors & Equipment.

    Last year, we had great success with our data program that gave us information on each & every class entry. The exciting part was the printing of the cheques for our exhibitors which saved hours of time. Our Treasurer, Cathy Rooyakkers, was excited about this program & it will be streamlined even more this year. We are planning to pay out the Junior Work winners on Sunday afternoon. If you are willing to help stuff envelopes with prize winning money, please let me know. We have already started our fundraising for 2013 with the “Spring Fling” that featured “Two of a Kind” music. The delicious dinner was “Katered by Kelly” & then we danced the night away to 50’s
    & 60’s music. The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) is comprised for 15 districts in the province. We are one of the 24 Fairs in District 5 which covers an area from Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario to Oro to Sutton to Markham. In District 5, there are the small fairs, like us, right up to the Canadian National Exhibition. At every meeting I have attended the same problems arise: getting younger people to become active members of our Societies. The Fairs are suffering because of the age gap & the lack of interest in keeping these Agricultural Fairs viable. We need your help with anything from set up duties to admission takers to children’s games to demo derby worker, etc. – it isn’t always heavy work but fun, meeting & greeting people who are interested in our Grand Valley Fall Fair & want to get to know who we are & how we work. I look forward to meeting & welcoming you to our Society.

    The “Grand River Rodeo” will be held at the Grand Valley Fairgrounds on Aug 16 – 18, 2013 so plan to attend to learn about the heavy horse pull, team penning, roping & riding. There will be vendors & a dance on the Sat. night in the Arena. We have a full slate of events this year & I’m sure you will not be able to see it all – that is a challenge for everyone. As you know, I don’t go anywhere that I don’t have a good time so enjoy, reminisce, laugh, dance, cheer and eat at the 141st Grand Valley Fall Fair.

    Lynda Moore, President, Grand Valley Agricultural Society


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    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 8th Sponsorship Program. A sign has been mounted inside 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.

    Gold Sponsor – $1,500+

    Grand Valley Wind Farms
    Holmes Agro Ltd.
    Orica Canada Inc.
    Thomasfield Homes Ltd.

    Silver Sponsor – $500+

    Bill & Kelly Tovell
    County of Dufferin
    Grand River Chop House
    Grand Valley Lions Club
    Marie’s Valley Inn Restaurant
    Orangeville Banner
    Pat Kalapaca
    Town of Grand Valley
    Trans-Alta – Melancthon Wind Facility
    Universal Rental

    Bronze Sponsor – $250+

    Accord Business Solutions
    Amaranth Aggregates
    Arthur’s Fuel
    Barclays Trim & Moulding
    Blackstock Ford Lincoln
    Brennan’s Tire Service
    Brewed Awakenings
    Burnett Farms
    Cribit Seeds
    Davison Bus Lines
    Dufferin Federation of Agriculture
    Dufferin Veterinary Services
    Grace E. Brown Insurance
    Brokers Ltd.
    Grand Valley Car Wash/Storage
    Grand Valley Drug Store
    Grand Valley Home Hardware
    Greenwood Ready Mix
    Halwell Mutual Insurance Company
    MacEwen Glass & Mirrors Inc.
    MacMaster Pontiac Buick GMC
    Mary Light – Long Arm Quilting
    Municipality of Amaranth
    RBC – Agriculture
    The Orangeville Citizen
    Township of East Garafraxa
    Wompit – Heather Davison Greig
    Woolwich Dairy

    Fair Supporter – $249 & under

    AFJ Signs
    Alliston Feed Service
    Amaranth Animal Hospital
    B C Auto – Bob Clements
    Bird Fuels
    Bonnie & Jeff Bruce
    Bryan’s Fuel
    CanAgri Products
    Charlie and Liz Bryan
    Decker’s Tire
    Don Fluney Welding
    Dufferin Mutual Insurance
    Dufferin Veterinary Hospital
    Floradale Feed Mill – John Drummond
    Frank Wilson Electric
    Grand Valley Feed Service
    Grand Valley Fortifiers
    Grand Valley Gas Bar
    Grand Valley Insurance Brokers Ltd.
    High County Veterinary Services
    Jane Gravelle
    Landsborough Printing Ltd
    Maxacre Farms
    McKinnon Tim-BR Mart, Hillsburgh
    Mulmur Vista Farms
    Orangeville Insurance
    Parson’s Flowers
    Paul Thompson
    Pryde Heating Services
    Ron Crane Custom Farming Ltd
    Royal Canadian Legion,
    Branch 220, Shelburne
    Sally Franco Real Estate Inc.
    Starview Financial Advisors
    Stephen Tupling Plumbing
    TD Tech Solutions
    The Co-operators Insurance –
    Roy Chopp
    The Pines Garage
    The Valley Pet Boutique
    TSC – Orangeville
    Valley Auto Parts & Service
    W.D. Tait Enterprises Ltd.
    Wintermar Farms (1989) Ltd.

    Other Contributors (All Directors, Members & Volunteers)

    All Star Auto Glass
    All Treat Farms Ltd
    Allan & Kim Mournahan
    Alvin Taylor Family
    Anne Ritchie
    Archie Taylor Family
    Bill & Mary Young Family
    Bill Richardson Family
    Bill Taylor Family
    Casey’s Auto & Farm Supply
    Cathy Rooyakkers
    Cheryl Whitworth
    Coats & Clark Canada
    Country Farm Baking
    Donna Blackwell
    Dufferin County Milk Producers
    Dufferin County Museum & Archives, Rosemont
    Dufferin Piecemakers Quilting Guild
    East Luther Grand Valley Historical Society
    Edith Reilly
    Foreman Family
    Freedom Lock & Security
    Gaylea Foods
    Geordawn Farms – Van Kampen Family
    Grand River Furniture
    Grand Valley Horticultural Society
    Grand Valley Library
    H. A. Kidd
    Hermosa Boutique
    Hillsburgh Feed & Supplies
    Ivadell Black Memorial
    Janice Crane
    Janice McGowan
    Jim & Alice Mournahan
    John Bus Ltd
    Karen Loveless
    Kim Soloman
    Krista Taylor
    Leah Mitchell
    Les & Elsie Soloman
    Lorna McPherson
    Lou Berger
    Lynda Moore
    Marilyn Stuckey
    Mary Maxim
    Michele Chessell
    Michelle Martin
    Munro’s Country Garden
    Olive Montgomery
    Ontario Clydesdale Club
    Ontario Lamb Marketing
    Orangeville Flowers
    Peter Curtis Family
    PNH Milling Group
    Riverbend Artists of Grand Valley
    Rob’s Automotive
    Royal Bank of Canada – Grand Valley
    Sawyer’s Feed Mill
    Sherry Wick
    Stokes Seeds
    Swissbell Farms – Kaehli Family
    TSC – Orangeville
    Upper Grand Trailway
    Wm. G. White Family
    Zoetis (Pfizer)


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    Junior Ambass-colourThis year I had the opportunity to participate in the Junior Fall Fair Ambassador Competition. It has been a great experience representing the Grand Valley Agricultural Society this season. I have learned many things that have improved my public speaking skills, my people skills and my knowledge of fairs in general.

    While representing the Agricultural Society this year, I had the privilege to visit different fairs in the surrounding area, go to District meetings and meet new people along the way. It has been a privilege representing Grand Valley as the Junior Ambassador and I recommend that all young females and males participate in the program.

    Good luck to the next Junior and Senior Ambassadors.

    Natasha Willoughby
    Jr. Fair Ambassador


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    Seniuor Ambass-colourI was very fortunate and honored to have served this year as your Grand Valley Fall Fair Senior Ambassador. I had the opportunity to visit other districts where many new friendships were formed . I have learned more about public speaking and gained several tips on being a strong leader. I have made many new friends who I will have forever.

    This experience has made me more confident in a variety of social settings, especially public speaking. I have learned a fall fair is not only for the entertainment or a night out, but a place where town and country come together.

    It has been an eye opening, eventful experience for me and I had a wonderful time representing Grand Valley as your Senior Fair Ambassador.

    Here’s wishing the best of luck to this year’s new Ambassador! I highly encourage teens to participate in the ambassador competition. I’m here for advice and guidance if you need it! Good Luck!

    I would like to thank my sponsor Donna Marie Davison of Remax Realty and the Grand Valley Agricultural Society for all of their support and encouragement.

    Thanks for the wonderful memories.

    Britney Davison