The Ancaster Agricultural Society opened its doors on April 11, 12, 2017, to over 630 Elementary Students in Grades 3 & 4 from across the Hamilton area at the Ancaster Fairgrounds.
The event was called “Farm Gate to Dinner Plate”. Its goal was to have students learn about how their food is produced and livestock is raised in the Hamilton area. This event was run by volunteers of the Ancaster Agricultural Society and the Hamilton Wentworth Agricultural Community. Hands-on learning activities supported the Grade 3-4 curriculum.
The students rotated through a series of interactive presentations featuring live animals, grain production, bee keeping, soil and worms, planting a vegetable garden, maple syrup production, dairy production, horse shoeing, technology in agriculture, safety equipment used in everyday life, and antiques – water pumps and corn shelling. Each teacher received a teacher’s kit with information on local commodities and in class curriculum based aids for follow-up to their trip.
The Ancaster Agricultural Society would like to thank Foodland Ontario for partnering with them in support of the “Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” program, to the Homecraft Ladies for making the lunch, the Hamilton-Wentworth Dairy Producers for donating the milk, Carluke Orchards, Josmar Acres, and Bennett’s Apples & Cider for donating apples. A huge Thank-You! to all the volunteers that made this event happen and all the presenters for their amazing interactive educational presentations.
For all of you Equipment History Buffs, the Ancaster Fair Heritage Committee is pleased to announce a special exhibit for the 2016 Fair. Located in the Heritage Square will be honoring the Sawyer-Massey Company, the firm built Steam portables and traction engines initially. The Massey family took a personnel stake in the company. a long time manufacturer that was located on Wellington and Victoria streets in Hamilton. There will be many pieces of equipment on view including steam engines, threshing machines and road building equipment. There will also be a special tent housing photographs and memorabilia. Included will be a recreation of a 1918 Sawyer-Massey display that was at the Toronto exhibition.
Visitors are welcome and encouraged to bring any memorabilia from the company along with memories of relatives who may have worked there.
Admission to the fair is ten dollars for adults, five for students and pre-schoolers can enter for free. The Ancaster Fair is a wonderful family event. See you at the Fair!