JUNE 2016


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    13580474_690128597791698_1086746615907051118_oThis year in Grand Valley, something amazing is coming to our Fall Fair, September 23rd-25th, and it will be unique in all of Ontario. We will be the only Fair – anywhere – with STRAWMANIA!

    Tired of expensive, broken old rides that nobody really likes, run by bored operators that nobody knows? Weary of paying big ticket prices for little thrill rides – even for small kids? We are too. And they cost a fortune to bring to Town.

    Now imagine instead, hours of family fun, for all ages, with attractions completely constructed from straw bales. A massive climbing pyramid, maze, traditional games, obstacle courses, fishing pond, pumpkin bowling alley and much more. There’s even a giant human-sized group foosball game! Parents can relax on straw bale lounge seating and watch the fun – delighted that a wrist band will only cost $10! For the whole day!13528318_690128697791688_6063230150923417974_o

    It’s good “old-fashioned” fall fair fun, with local family farms supporting with straw bales sourced from the community. Step back in time to a real and authentic village of straw amusements to interact with and to enjoy family photographs.

    STRAWMANIA! is sponsored by Country 105 who will be broadcasting LIVE from the event.

    13529153_690128714458353_5731444756404207803_n STRAWMANIA! is just one of the many surprises coming for this year’s new Grand Valley Fall Fair. Stay tuned. We’re just getting started.

    This year is going to be a three day celebration of the bounty and beauty of our local community. Visitors from all over the Headwaters and the GTA are expected to attend this year as never before. Over the next three years your Grand Valley Agricultural Society board is working to create the most authentic Fall Fair experience in the region.


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    Welcome to the 144th Grand Valley Fall fair!

    Our fair is “an all ages community event for agriculture, about agriculture and the rural way of life.” Our theme of “Butterflies and Honeybees” has been a part of our planning for vendors, exhibits and demonstrations. We are very proud of this year’s line up, including stars from Chopped Canada and MasterChef Canada, presentations by Beekeepers of Ontario and Grand Valley Historical Society, and exhibits from the community and beyond. From Friday night till Sunday afternoon we have continuous events on stage and upstairs in tour Country Kitchen. Outside, the livestock shows offer a close up of farm and show animals and 4-H competitions in showmanship. The track gives you thrills, spills, noise and intense competition all three days of the Fair.

    The board held a Strategic Planning session this year. We took a hard look at the next ten years for this event and made decisions accordingly. We were able to renew our agreement with the Community Centre Board for just 2 more years, so we plan to be independent of the arena by 2018. We also want to maximize every fundraising event– Spring Fling, Quilt Raffle, and rentals. This year we have no parade or midway. Instead, with the assistance and support of local farmers, we present “Strawmania!” for people of all ages to explore, climb, and play. Back by popular demand are the Ambassador Competition, Pet Show, Turquoise Tiger, Fair Dance and Beer Tent. Craft events for children have been added. Come prepared to be surprised, educated and entertained.
    Our hard-working members, ready volunteers and generous sponsors keep our annual fair viable. It is reputed to be “highly respected as the best attended, financially sound fair
    in our area.”

    A weekend pass is available from Scotiabank, Orangeville locations, for just $15 per adult!

    For up-to-date information, pick up an Events Brochure in September, or visit the website www.grandvalleyfallfair.ca, then plan your weekend. See you at the fair!!

    Pat Kalapaca, President


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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 11th Sponsorship Program. A new 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. Those listed in BOLD are sponsors as of June 2016; others in 2015.

    Gold Sponsor – $1,500+

    Grand Valley Wind Farms
    Orica Canada Inc.
    RES Canada Construction

    Silver Sponsor – $500+

    Allto Construction
    Avertex Utility Solutions
    Bob Severn, Auctioneer
    Dub-L “S” Transfer
    Grand Valley Lions Club
    Greenwood Ready Mix /Aggregates
    New Wave Pools & Spas
    Orangeville Banner
    Pat Kalapaca
    RBC Financial-Grand Valley
    Thomasfield Homes
    Trans-Alta: Melancthon Wind Facility
    WD Tait Enterprises Ltd.

    Bronze Sponsor – $250+

    Accord Business Solutions
    Amaranth Aggregates
    Arnold & Nina Townsend
    Arthurs Fuel Inc.
    Arthur Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ltd.
    Blackstock Ford Lincoln
    Burnett Farms
    Cribit Seeds-Wintermar Farms
    Davenport Automotive
    Davison Bus Lines
    Deckers’ Tire
    Don & Janice McGowan
    Ed Stewarts Equipment
    Grace E. Brown Insurance Brokers
    Grand Valley Ace Hardware
    Grand Valley Insurance Brokers Ltd.
    Grand Valley Storage/Car Wash
    Hallmark Toyota
    Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast
    Holmes Agro
    Janet Slater – Long Arm Quilting

    Jim Brown Trucking
    Linwood Veterinary Services
    MacEwen Glass & Mirror
    Master Buick GMC
    noBul Media
    Orangeville Equipment Rentals
    Orangeville Home Hardware
    Rayburn Construction
    Ron Crane Custom Farming
    Roslia Farms
    Royal Chevrolet Cadillac Inc.
    RBC Agriculture-Fergus
    Saputo Dairy Products Canada
    Styling Essentials Beauty Supply
    Swissbell Farms
    The Co-Operators Insurance
    The Orangeville Citizen
    Township of Amaranth
    Township of East Garafraxa
    Universal Rental

    Fair Supporter – Up To $250

    All Star Auto Glass
    All Treat Farms Ltd
    Amaranth Auto Service
    Bryan’s Fuel
    Coats-Clark Canada
    Cobwebs & Caviar
    Concord Cartage Delivery Service
    Connect Equipment
    Country Fair Baking-Crisco/Robin Hood/Bernardin
    Dufferin Cattlemen’s Association
    Dufferin County Milk Producers
    Dufferin County Museum & Archives
    Dufferin Mutual Insurance Company
    Dufferin Piecemakers Quilting Guild
    Dufferin Veterinary Hospital
    Dufferin Veterinary Services
    Floradale Feed Mill Ltd.
    Freedom Lock & Security Inc.
    Gaylea Foods
    Geordawn Farms – Van Kampen Family
    GGG Greenhouses
    Grand Valley Drug Store
    Dr. Angela Barrow, Chiropractor
    Grand Valley Fortifiers
    Grand Valley Historical Society
    Grand Valley Horticultural Society
    Grand Valley Public Library
    High County Veterinary Hospital
    Highland Fuels
    Highland Supply
    Landman Gardens & Bakery
    John Bus Garage
    Marie’s Valley Inn Restaurant
    Mary Maxim
    Maxacre Farms
    McBride Farms
    McKinnon Timber Mart, Hillsburgh
    Olympus Dog Training & Boarding Academy
    Ontario Clydesdale Club
    Ontario Lamb Marketing
    Ontario Early Years Centre– Grand Valley
    Orangeville Building Supply
    Orangeville Flowers
    Orangeville Insurance Services
    Orr Family Farms
    OSC Seeds
    P&H Milling Group
    Parson’s Florist
    Rob’s Automotive Service
    Riverbend Artists of Grand Valley
    Royal Canadian Legion Shelburne
    Sew Jax
    Silverdale Motors
    Starview Financial Advisors
    Tait Bros.
    TD- Mount Forest
    TSC, Orangeville
    Upper Grand Trailway
    Alvin Taylor Family
    Amanda Phillip
    Anne McPherson
    Archie Taylor Family

    Art Taylor
    Bill & Mary Young Family
    Bill Richardson Family
    Bill Taylor Family
    Cathy Rooyakkers
    Donna Blackwell
    Edith Reilly
    Faith Cowan
    Foreman Family
    Ivadell Black Memorial
    Janice Crane
    Jennifer Tovell-Jamieson
    Jim & Alice Mournahan
    Joanne Everson
    Karen Loveless
    Kim Mournahan
    Kim Soloman
    Krista Taylor
    Leah Mitchell
    Les Soloman
    Lorna McPherson
    Lou Berger
    Lynda Moore
    Mayor Steve Soloman
    Marilyn Stuckey
    Michele Chessell
    Michelle Martin
    Olive Montgomery
    Paul Thompson
    Peter Curtis Family
    Russell & Susan Simpson
    Sherry Wick
    Spencer-Drew Wettlaufer
    Wm. G. White Family


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    The 2016 Grand Valley Fall Fair booklet is here!

    Download your copy now!

    2016-2017 Fall Fair Ambassador Information & Application is also available for download. 

    Senior Ambassador applications are open to anyone who will be 18 yrs. of age by August 1, 2017 and has not yet reached their 24th birthday. Junior Ambassador applications are open to anyone who will be 12-17 yrs. of age by September 20, 2016.