About Us

The Essa & District Agricultural Society (EDAS) is a non-profit/charitable organization, previously recognized as the Barrie Agricultural Society. The EDAS is rooted in upholding the traditions of the annual Barrie Fair, held on the fourth weekend in August. Our core mission revolves around creating initiatives that stimulate growth and awareness in the agricultural and agribusiness sectors, while also crafting strategies that educate and engage with non-agricultural communities.

Our Mission

The Essa & District Agricultural Society strives to educate, promote and display agriculture to the residents of Essa Township, surrounding municipalities and central Ontario.

Our Vision

Building awareness of agriculture and promoting direct improvement in the quality of life for those living in our local community. Through the creation of the Essa Agriplex, the EDAS offers a multi-purpose facility to serve the needs of Essa Township, the city of Barrie, Simcoe County, and central Ontario.

Board of Directors

Lisa Peterson
President, Executive

Kevin Kistler
1st Vice President, Executive

Jason Dronzek
2nd Vice President, Executive

Nikita Nimz

Paul Partridge

Jeff Spong

Abigail Robinson-Leitch

Brian Williams

Brad Lowe

Jesscia McCabe

Chris Edwards

Peter Armstrong


Our History