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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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