Has your agricultural society looked in the mirror?

What does it see?

Great Signage?
Interesting Entertainment- Something for Everyone?
A venue that promotes agriculture?
Lots of food choices?
Do you have ample parking?
Good information service?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, whose eyes are you looking through? Your agricultural society or your guests!

impressions1If the answer to that question is your agricultural society, then you should consider participating in the OAAS First Impressions Program. This unique program offers the opportunity to look at your fair through others’ eyes. It is a tremendous chance to identify opportunities to make improvements that make a difference in your guests’ experience of your fair.

  • We all know that first impressions are the ones that last and become memories. Help your fair create lasting, first impressions by participating in this unique program.
  • Agricultural societies are paired up and a visiting team evaluates each other's fairs based on their "first impression".
  • This helps agricultural societies consider where they are doing a terrific job and where they might improve.
  • It identifies areas where you might grow your fair and see great ideas.
  • It builds strong relationships among fairs and fair boards.

impressions2This program was piloted at six fairs in 2012, run in 2013 with 18 fairs and in 2014 with 8 fairs in the province. Participants have found it to be a great experience and it gave their fairs some really good tools to grow with.

We will accept applications and select fairs to partner together for the 2016 First Impressions Program.

There are some costs associated with the participation:

  • Participation fee of $113.00 (100 + HST). This helps off-set costs for training.
  • You are expected to provide a meeting place for the training. (2 hours)
  • You provide the visiting team fair gate passes to your fair.
  • You will pay travel expenses to the fair you visit.

Next Steps:

  1. Fill out and submit your application - download application form here. Application deadline for the 2016 First Impressions Program is April 15.
  2. You will be contacted by one of our volunteer coordinators if your agricultural society has been selected to participate and a matching society has been found. Then a team will guide you through the rest of the program
  3. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This program is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs

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