JUNE 2015


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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!!

    Pat Kalapaca
    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 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.

    Gold Sponsor – $1,500+

    Orica Canada Inc.
    GEP Heroes Reborn Inc.

    Silver Sponsor – $500+

    Town of Grand Valley
    County of Dufferin
    Grand Valley Lions Club
    Bob Severn, Auctioneer
    Orangeville Banner
    Houley’s Bar & Grill
    Greenwood Ready Mix/Aggregates
    Trans-Alta – Melancthon Wind Facility
    Pat Kalapaca
    Avertex Utility Solutions
    WD Tait Enterprises Ltd.
    Blackstock Ford Lincoln

    Bronze Sponsor – $250+

    Brewed Awakening
    Cribit Seeds
    Township of East Garafraxa
    Grace E. Brown Insurance Brokers
    Grand Valley Drug Store
    Township of Amaranth
    Halwell Mutual Insurance Company
    Mary Light – Long Arm Quilting
    RBC – Agriculture-Fergus
    The Orangeville Citizen
    Woolwich Dairy
    Davison Bus Lines
    Home Hardware Orangeville
    MacEwen Glass & Mirror Inc.
    Grand Valley Storage/Car Wash
    Grand Valley Insurance Brokers Ltd.
    Burnett Farms
    Amaranth Aggregates
    Don & Janice McGowan
    Stewart’s Equipment
    Jennifer Tovell-Jamieson
    Rayburn Construction
    Hallmark Toyota
    Grand Valley Fortifiers
    Dufferin Cattlemen’s Association
    The Co-Operators Insurance
    MacMaster Buick GMC
    Linwood Veterinary Services
    Accord Business Solutions
    Swissbell Farms
    Styling Essentials Beauty Supplies
    Blackstock Ford Lincoln
    Universal Rental
    Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast
    Arthur Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ltd.
    Arthurs Fuel Inc.
    Orangeville Equipment Rentals

    Fair Supporter – Up To $250

    Dufferin Mutual Insurance Company
    Silverdale Motors
    Dufferin Veterinary Services
    McKinnon Timber Mart, Hillsburgh
    Parson’s Florist
    Paul Thompson
    Freedom Lock & Security Inc.
    Maxacre Farms
    GGG Greenhouses
    Riverbend Artists of Grand Valley
    Connect Equipment
    Amaranth Auto Service
    Shelburne Legion
    Bryan’s Fuel
    All Star Auto Glass
    Tait Bros.
    Netflash Internet Solutions
    Rob’s Automotive Service
    P&H Milling Group Country Fair Baking Highland Fuels
    Highland Supply Coats-Clark Canada Gaylea Foods
    OSC Seeds
    Landman Gardens & Bakery
    Cobwebs & Caviar
    All Treat Farms Ltd
    Country Fair Baking-Crisco/Robin Hood
    Allan & Kim Mournahan
    Alvin Taylor Family
    Anne Ritchie
    Anne McPherson
    Archie Taylor Family
    Art Taylor
    Bill & Mary Young Family
    Bill Richardson Family
    Bill Taylor Family
    Cathy Rooyakkers
    Decker’s Tire
    Donna Blackwell
    Dufferin County Milk Producers
    Dufferin County Museum & Archives, Rosemont
    Dufferin Piecemakers Quilting Guild
    Dufferin Veterinary Hospital
    Edith Reilly
    Faith Cowan
    Foreman Family
    Geordawn Farms – Van Kampen Family
    Grand River Furniture
    Grand Valley Historical Society
    Grand Valley Early Years Centre
    Grand Valley Horticultural Society
    Grand Valley Library
    H. A. Kidd
    High County Veterinary Hospital
    Ivadell Black Memorial
    Janice Crane
    Jim & Alice Mournahan
    Joanne Everson
    Kate Bryan– Epicure Consultant
    Karen Loveless
    Kim Soloman
    Krista Taylor
    Leah Mitchell
    Les Soloman
    Lorna McPherson
    Lou Berger
    Lynda Moore
    Mayor Steve Soloman
    Marilyn Stuckey
    Mary Maxim
    Michele Chessell
    Michelle Martin
    Olive Montgomery
    Olympus Dog Training & Boarding Academy
    Ontario Clydesdale Club
    Ontario Lamb Marketing
    Ontario Early Years Centre
    Orangeville Flowers
    Peter Curtis Family
    Photography Committee
    Sherry Wick
    Stokes Seeds
    The Valley Pet boutique
    Upper Grand Trailway
    Wintermar Farms
    Wm. G. White Family


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    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