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
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!!
President, Grand Valley Agricultural Society
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
The Grand Valley Fall Fair was a success despite the inclement weather. Many “THANKS” to the Executive, Conveners, Members, Sponsors, Volunteers, Cadets, Demo Cross and Demo Derby drivers, Truck & Tractor Pull Entrants, Livestock and Arena Exhibitors and anyone else that participated in our Fair.
Thanks for the awesome support.
Lynda Moore, President
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