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