Grand Valley Agricultural Society Receives Canada Post Community Foundation Support
The Grand Valley Agricultural Society received $550.00 from the Canada Post Community Foundation for an exciting project, Family Creativity Activity Stations, held at the 144th Grand Valley Fall Fair. A family friendly interactive, educational hands-on activity centre that provided different age-appropriate craft stations to create and explore new hobbies and techniques. The stations setup at the community fair, provided work-stations for youth to create projects and learn about Butterflies and Honeybees, with assistance from community volunteers. The Grand Valley Fall Fair is held the third weekend after Labour Day each year in Dufferin County, Ontario.
A non-profit organization led by volunteers from the local community, the Agricultural Society hosts the annual celebration. The Fall Fair is a three day event, which focuses on encouraging awareness and appreciation of agriculture and the rural lifestyle. To kick-off their event – a craft day was held in early August for children, free of charge to begin creating theme- related crafts to exhibit at the Fall Fair held in September. This event was provided with support from the Ontario Early Years Centre in Grand Valley. The Family Creativity Activity Stations will enable families to interact with different mediums to create items based on this years’ fair theme: Butterflies and Honeybees. They will learn about the importance of each, to our ecosystem and the impact on the economy. Ten craft and learning stations will be made available for families to visit throughout the weekend event. Youth volunteers will interact with children to share their learned knowledge and experience with youngsters. Information and hand-outs will be provided to take home, for further discussion and learning. Entry tags and exhibitor sheets are available to encourage youth to exhibit these items in the Fall Fair, with the opportunity to display their projects along with the chance to win prizes. We encourage involvement and participation with the community while in attendance at our local Fall Fair, to increase excitement and enhance the desire to learn about agriculture in the future.
“We are thrilled to have received word of the support of the Canada Post Community Foundation for our organization! Our small community works very hard to host one the largest family-friendly events in our area and as always, we are excited to offer new events. We encourage everyone to come visit our Fall Fair: explore, learn and share in all that Grand Valley has to offer!” says Pat Kalapaca, President of Grand Valley Agricultural Society. “We are proud of our employees and retirees who have devoted many hours to raising awareness and funds,” says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO, Canada Post. “The Canada Post Community Foundation aims to help community groups deliver a difference in the lives of children in communities across Canada.
About Grand Valley Agricultural Society
The Grand Valley Agricultural Society was established in 1872. Operations are based exclusively by hard working volunteers, using contributions and donations from local, corporate and personal sponsors. The membership hosts approximately 75-90 members annually.
About the Canada Post Community Foundation
The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children’s vision is to help ensure every child in Canada is happy, healthy and part of a community that supports and cares for them. Its mission is to have a positive effect in the lives of children in the communities Canada Post serves by supporting registered charities, school programs or local initiatives that benefit children. It has granted more than $4 million to over 300 community organizations across Canada. To learn more about the Foundation, visit canadapost.ca/community.
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Grand Valley Agricultural Society, 60 Main Street North, Grand Valley, Ontario
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Join us, Wednesday August 3rd from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ontario Early Years Centre where children of all ages will have the opportunity to crate crafts which they can exhibit at the Fall Fair in September. Parents & Guardians can create crafts with their children, ask any questions they may have and learn how to complete exhibit forms and entry tags at this time.
This 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!
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.
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.
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
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.
The 2016 Grand Valley Fall Fair booklet is here!
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.
Looking for ways to earn volunteer hours in your community? Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of tasks at this year’s fair!
Volunteering at the Fall Fair is a great way for high school students to earn hours towards the Community Involvement program.
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Please join us on Saturday, May 28, 2016 between 8 and 11 a.m. in the Grand Valley Agricultural Society’s barn (behind Grand Valley and District Community Centre) for our Duck Day Sale!
• Container gardening displays
• Planting & preserving supplies
• Vegetable & fruit plants
• Composted sheep manure
For $1 or $2:
• sweet potato
• zucchini (yellow/green)
• squash (3 varieties)
• tomatoes (many varieties)
For information on the Grand Valley Lions 20th Anniversary Duck Race, click here!
Click to download the “Exhibitor & Vendor Space Application Form” for 2016!
Please download our 2016 Homecraft entry form and class descriptions here.
Note: Subject to minor changes.