Welcome Fair Friends – A message from the 2017 President Brenda Parkin

This year marks our 167th Ancaster Fair, 17 years older than our country and our province. For our country’s 150th birthday, our theme is CANADIAN GROWN. At the Ancaster Fair, we are very proud of our heritage. We strive to bring our knowledge and experience to every part of our fair and our activities all year long. The mandate of the Ancaster Agricultural Society is EDUCATION. We as volunteers dedicate ourselves to make our fair enjoyable, so you don’t even know you are learning. Our members strive to make Ancaster Fair the best in our community by bringing our community together for 4 days in September. We do this in various ways, from our Agricultural and Homecraft competitions to demolition derbies, midway rides, and free demonstrations in Marritt Hall and throughout the grounds. Our School Fair is one of the largest in Ontario. It is important that our urban friends learn where their food comes from and how it gets to their dinner tables.

We are generations of volunteers making our fair happen every year and have made it into one of the best events in Hamilton-Wentworth, so don’t miss it! I extend a heartfelt welcome for all to come to the Ancaster Fair on September 21, 22, 23, and 24. Come and enjoy all we have to offer. Take a step back in time and see how it was done 100 or even 150 years ago in our Heritage Square, and learn about agriculture through the ages in our Education Building. See and touch farm animals in old McDonald’s Barn. Check out the Homecraft competitions and displays, and say ‘Hey I can do that too!’ See the many animal competitions from 4H kids showing rabbit, calves or llamas that they raised, to the sheep, goat, and horse shows. Don’t forget the poultry building.

Come and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells (who can resist the smell of back bacon on a bun?), and the friendship at the FAIR…… Do you remember?

Brenda Parkin
President of The Ancaster Agricultural Society, 2017