2020 Convention

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Agricultural Fairs: Fellowship, Fun and Farming

This is the time of year, we begin to anticipate the changing of the season. The days are getting a little shorter and the first signs of leaves changing colour will soon be spotted. This is also about the time of year that you will notice that Fall Fair season is once again here.

Local fairs are a part of our culture. Many fairs in Ontario were even founded before Confederation, such as the Williamstown Fair in the eastern part of the province, which began in 1808.

Today, there are over 200 agricultural fairs taking place in Ontario every year, running from May to October. The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) is the umbrella organization for Ontario’s local agricultural societies, which organize local fairs each year. The mission of the OAAS is to assist local ag societies by “providing leadership through communication and education, and encouraging the promotion of a rural way of life.”

Arguably, the most important part of fairs today is the opportunity to display rural life: Livestock competitions, field crop competitions, garden produce—not to mention all the delicious fresh baked or preserved foods competing for first place.

All that we see at fall fairs tell us where our food comes from. We can see what is grown locally, produced by people who live not so far from their non-farming neighbours. And, of course, you don’t have to own a farm in order to grow your own food. Every community member has an opportunity to share their talents, from food to arts and crafts.

When we ask our grandchildren if they would like to come to any fair, we know the answer before we ask. Lots of food, candy, popcorn—you name it—and true entertainment like tractor or horse pulls or even demolition derbies, are all part of the fun.

Every fair you go to, you are likely to meet someone, whether an old friend or new. Many fairs also host community-wide worship services, which offer opportunities to build fellowship across denominations. Yes, fall fairs bring communities together.

During this year’s fair season, we hope the events that local organizers work so hard on will be well attended and that everyone who comes will learn a little more about agriculture.

Simon de Boer is a Director for the Executive Board of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. The CFFO Commentary represents the opinions of the writer and does not necessarily represent CFFO policy. The CFFO Commentary is heard weekly on CFCO Chatham, CKXS Chatham, and CKNX Wingham.

Posted by cffoadmin on August 23, 2019

Tags: Agricultural FairsAgriculturerural communities



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.

Click here for more information on

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.


  •      For more information on First Impressions Click here

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.