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Key positions unchanged at Shelburne fair

January 20, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Shelburne and District Fair held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Friday, January 15, at the Agricultural Building on William Street, Shelburne. The meeting saw the election of many new board members, as well as the re-election of several key positions from 2015.       

The board is now planning for the 149th Shelburne and District Fall Fair with a theme of “Country Roots and Rubber Boots.” They are also working towards a much-anticipated milestone for the fair as it celebrates 150 years in 2017.     

One of many fair directors, Kimberly Evans, reports “an excellent meeting Friday night” with very good attendance, including representatives from Orangeville, Grand Valley, and Caledon fairs. She called it a “chance to catch up with everyone” as well elect the new board and make plans for the year.

The board filled eight positions with 11 nominees at the meeting while Past President Ralph Evans oversaw the election process.

Kelly Montgomery received congratulations as the recipient of the Agricultural Service Award at the annual banquet and meeting. Kelly is a long standing member of the Shelburne and District Agricultural Society starting as Fair Ambassador in 1979. She has been a director, head of the Home Craft Division, arranged the lunches for the volunteers and judges at the fair, as well as supervising the hall and exhibits over the weekends while volunteering her time for the BBQ and catering events.

Chris Wallace reported on the progress in the revitalization of the fairground property and the success of those changes to date.  This year, the board saw the prior cattle barn re-invented as an assembly hall, a new cattle shelter erected, a good deal of grading and landscaping improvement and a some new signage.  The Agricultural Society agreed to funding to make additional improvements to the assembly hall, including a new floor and repairs to the roof, fencing and more signage.

Anyone with ideas or suggestions or an interest in joining one of the committees, should contact the Shelburne and District Fair at shelburnefair@gmail.com or 519-925-0243.

By Marni Walsh
         

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