2020 Convention

At the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites and Conference Centre

See you Feb. 13-15, 2020

Please Contact

Kathryn Lambert,

Convention Administrator

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Phone: 519-287-3553

Book your Hotel Rooms starting MAY 1ST 


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News of the Association of Ontario Agricultural Societies.

Kids who come to the West Niagara Fair should love Michael Philpott. He’s the chairperson of the Kidz Zone at the fair. He is the one who makes sure there is toy tractors and corn to play in, mystery farm objects and saddles to try out. His area is pretty popular.OAAS PhilpottFrom left: Vince Brennan, Michael Philpott, Judy McFaul. He is also in charge of parking (that might not make him so popular) and he runs the successful Junk in the Trunk garage sale every spring. It is also been said that he keeps the floors of the Community Building nice and shiny.

Philpott was recognized by his peers and awarded a Meritorious Service Award at the recent Ontario Association of Agriculture Societies convention in Toronto.

“My history with the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies started with the Lincoln Agricultural Society and then the joining of the Lincoln and the Smithville Agricultural Society.”

In 2006, he took on the challenge of becoming a District 6 associate agricultural director and then an agricultural director, which he was until 2017 when the OAAS started downsizing the provincial board.

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Judging Lists, District Meetings, Judging Schools and other Documents


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What is the first impression your visitors have of your fair?  

Ontario Association of Agriculture Societies
First Impressions Program
Applications are now open for the 2019 First Impressions Program!

The First Impressions Program is a great program to give you new perspective on your fair - what is working well and what you can do to make it more appealing to your visitors.

Fairs are matched up with distance and size in mind and an exchange visit is made. Visiting teams are provided with training and an outline of criteria to assess.  When both visits have been completed, a report is prepared and presentations are made to describe what was observed.


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There is a participation fee of $113.00 (100 + HST) payable to OAAS. This helps off-set the costs for training. Once Agricultural Societies have completed the requirements, the fee will be returned.
For more information about the First Impressions Program including the application form click here: https://www.ontarioagsocieties.com/member-services/first-impression-program

Application deadline May 1st 2019

Please send payment to:
OAAS Office Manager % Vince Brennan
1911 Foxboro-Stirling Rd; R.R.# 4
Stirling, Ontario
K0K 3E0

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If paying by cheque please make it out to: OAAS



Here is a video promoting OAAS fairs.

Learn to facilitate the strategic planning process for your agricultural society

Realize the potential of your agricultural society, strengthen the leadership skills of your volunteers, and build a network of support and collaboration.

Strategic planning is critical to the success of your society. A strategic plan will help you make sound decisions to guide your society’s activities. This process will build the buy-in and commitment to implement your strategic plan.

This program is a partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) aimed to build the organizational capacity of Ontario’s agricultural societies.

Download full details here.  Includes Program information and participation requirements.