News Letter – Year End 2014
2014 has proven to be yet another busy year here at The Agriplex, and we would first like to thank all of those who’ve made this year such a great success! We’ve had many exciting events take place at our new location, starting with the Dominion Rabbit & Cavey Breeders Association show in April, and ending in September with Barkfest and the Harvest Fall Fair, with demonstrations from the OPP Canine Division. We’ve also had the pleasure of lending our facilities to the Essa Equestrian Riding Club, the Native Friendship Centre, the first Essa Canadian National Draft Horse Show, the September International Plowing Match, and let’s not forget our very own 161st Barrie Fair at the end of August!
Furthermore, this year we had the privilege of hosting the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies AGM at the Living Faith Presbyterian Church in November. This brought in a large number of attendees, giving everyone the opportunity to share ideas for future improvements, as well as promote the Ambassador Program to our youth and community. Moreover, in our efforts to stay green our facility has added solar panels on all 5 barn roof tops, and we planted an abundance of trees along the entrances.
Lastly, we hope that everyone had the chance to come out and support the Agriplex as we participated in four Santa Claus Parades: Cookstown November 14th, Angus and Barrie November 15th, and Alliston November 22nd. We hope that everyone had a great experience at all of these fantastic events, and look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces in 2015!
161st Barrie Fair
This year’s local officials who graciously helped with the opening of the 161st Barrie Fair included, Mayors Dowdall, Lehman, Baguley and Hughes, MP Stanton, Deputy Mayors and Inspector Cockburn, OPP. Following the opening ceremony, Christine Handy officiated our first Ambassador Competition with judges selecting our Senior Ambassador, Amy Stuart and Junior Ambassador, Robyn Handy.
More good news happened at the 2014 Barrie Fair, as we were thrilled to add three new shows: the East National Goat Show, the Poultry show, and the Western horse show. Also the Draft Horse Show has expanded, now including Commercial Drafts which promises to bring more spectators. In addition to all of these great shows, Home Crafts did an exceptional job displaying their quilts, unique crafts and local crops, drawing a lot of public interest. Other great attractions included the Kids Zone, Midway, the Craze Crew BMX stunt shows, Barrie Kempettes, K9, the Royal Chef Challenge, Marshall Dane & Hotel California performances, as well as The Knights of Columbus who hosted the Beer Gardens. Some of our other popular shows comprised of the local vintage tractor pull, the Simcoe County Holstein show, various 4H shows, Hunter and Jumper competitions, and finally the Demolition Derby and OPPTA pull.
We would also like to note our key sponsors for the 2014 Fair: Honda Canada, Barrie Chrysler, Telequip, Spring Tree Farm, CRS Contractor Rental Supply, Georgian Chevrolet Buick GMC, Church’s Farm Equipment, Richards Equipment, Campbell Amusements and Johnson Insurance. We are sincerely grateful for their support and invite other community partners to step up to ensure the future of the Fair and its benefits to this county. In addition, we would also like to thank all of our employees and volunteers for helping the 161st Barrie Fair be a great success!