2016 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

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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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