A Message From the President
On behalf of the Chesley Agricultural Society, I would like to invite you to visit the 2013 Chesley Fall Fair on September 6th & 7th. We will have new and exciting entertainment for the kids, along with demonstrations and displays in addition to our many exhibits, the Ambassador Competition, the Sheep Show and the Horse Show.
Hope to see you at the fair!
The Chesley Agricultural Society was incorporated in 1867. The first fair building was in Victoria Park which was taken over by Silk Knit Factory in 1947. The fair was held in a large tent until it went to a new arena in 1952. The arena was condemned as unsafe and a new arena and community centre were built in 1976.
In the 1970′s features at the fairs were 4H Calf Clubs, Saddle Club Show, Heavy Horse Shows, Horse Races, Midways, Parades and Saturday Night Dances.
Each year the society organizes and funds the Chesley Fall Fair to help promote agriculture in our community. It supports our local 4H Sheep CLub and English & Western Horse Show. We have something for everything such as Field Crop Competitions, Fruit & Vegetables & Floral Exhibits, Home Preserves, Culinary Arts, Arts & Crafts, Photography, Quilts & Afghans, Sewing, Institute & Organization Displays, and for the children – Special Crafts Section and Public School Competition. We also feature a Pet Show, Decorated Bicycles, a Pedal Tractor Pull, Children’s Games and lucky Draws for children. To help involve young people, an Ambassador of the Fair Competition is held and the winner represents the Chesley Agricultural Society at the District 10 OAAS Meetings, at the OAAS Annual Convention at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, and at the Miss Midwest Competitions in Walkerton and at the CNE in Toronto. A Junior Ambassador and a Tiny Tot Ambassador Program have been added and proved to be very popular. To help raise funds for fair prizes and expenditures, two Country Music Jamborees are held at the Chesley Community Centre in March and in October. They consist of an afternoon of music and dancing with Dave Chittick M.C. and musicians as well as a Hot Roast Beef Supper put on by the Ag Society. Other fundraisers include a Silent Auction and a Live Auction of the first prize winning baked goods and home preserves. At the 2012 Fair, a pecan pie sold for $500 and a pint of pickled eggs sold for $200. We will again be having the auction of prize winning baked goods and home preserves on Friday, September 6, 2013.
Here are a few highlights of our upcoming year:
- The 2013 fair will be September 6th and 7th.
- The spring Country Music Jamboree is March 17th.
For more information or to join the Society call Catherine McKay at 519-364-6540 or Marion McAllister 519-353-5945. Or email us ag firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chesley Agricultural Society would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone
who helped to make the 2012 Chesley Fall Fair a Success!
We Couldn’t Have Done It Without Your Support!
Ever Wonder How the Fair Gets Put Together? Try volunteering and see how much fun it can be. If you are interested in helping at the Fair, the Chesley Agricultural Society is always looking for volunteers. To find out about joining our team, call Catherine McKay at 519-364-6540 or email us at email@example.com.
We hope you enjoy your weekend at the Chesley Fall Fair.
In Memory of Directors and Members of the Chesley Agricultural Society
You’re gone from us,
but in our memories
we will always be together.
~ Your Fair Friends