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