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Secretary Search!

The Ag Society is still looking for someone interested in becoming its secretary. The job would include taking the minutes for meetings, forwarding email messages to Directors, and handling the entries coming for the fair and calculating the amount of money each exhibitor would get. All of the work with entering the exhibitors’ entries and the judges’ sheets are all completed using a computer program. The book is already on the program ready for fair day. If this position sounds interesting, contact Don Brodie at 519-263-2404. The current secretary is quite willing to help anyone interested.

Some of the new entertainment this year will include possibly a demonstration on knife throwing. There is a growing interest in the skill and several area people meet regularly to perfect their abilities. Finding the absolute safest location to showcase this art will be worked on over the next few months. A pony ride with real ponies will be available to the young folk on the Sunday of the fair.

The Bayfield flea market and produce market plan on setting up this season on May 11. Several new vendors have expressed interest in taking part in the market. Jack, the manager, has always ensured that only local vendors participate. If anyone is interested in being part of the market, contact Jack at 519-482-7921.

The Ag Society members who looked after the table at the Collectors’ Displays put on by the Historical Society met many folks who reminisced over their attendance of past fairs. Many remembered when the fair was in the middle of the week in September so students could get the day off school. It was amazing how many cow creamers were fenced in for the display “The Cows are at the Gate in Our 1-5-8.” Hopefully visitors’ interest was aroused with a peak preview of what the fair will look like this year.


2014 Planning Underway!

After the long winter members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society met to continue with the planning of the 158th Bayfield Community Fair.  The prize books were distributed and will be available in the usual locations shortly.

The group reluctantly accepted the resignation of its secretary, Amy Campbell, who is moving to Mitchell.  She willingly will continue in that capacity as long as she can until a replacement is available.  If there is anyone willing to take on this role with the Ag Society, please contact Don Brodie at 519.263.2404.  Amy offered to help anyone prepared to take on the role.

A Battle of the Bands is being planned for local 16-21 year olds by Aaron Neeb and Ivan Raczycki.  This should interest a wide range of ages.  This will be held on the Saturday night of the fair as well as the Talent Show which will be in the auditorium.

There was talk about the Outdoor Market consisting of the Produce and Flea Market vendors eager to get started again in Agricultural Park.  It has been growing over the last couple of years under the direction of Jack Adkins.  This is a major fundraising event for the Ag Society.  Anyone wanting to be a vendor could contact Jack at 519.482.7921.  It will open in May on Sundays from 7 am. To 2 pm.

New entertainment is always brought to the fair.  This year there is investigation about bringing in an ax throwing demonstration.  This group is local and meets regularly to practice the art.  Some farm related game, such as bale rolling, is are also being investigated.  Volunteers are always welcome to look after these amusing activities.

The Ribs & Music Fest is already well off the ground.  Doubling the number of ribs for sale is the plan.  The music lineup is being worked on also.  Anyone wishing to help out with one of these events also would be welcome.  Anyone interested could leave their name and interest by emailing info@bayfieldfallfair.ca.

It was learned that EastLink will be one of our media sponsors.  They are certainly welcomed to assist with promoting the fair on August 15-17.


New and Bigger Midway in 2014!!

Billy G Amusements will be the midway company coming to the Bayfield Fair this year. They plan on bringing a minimum of eight rides. Two will definitely be for the older crowd: a large ferris wheel and a scrambler. There will be games of chance and a typical midway food booth with cotton candy. The midway organizers have looked at the fair grounds and are looking forward to making the fair weekend memorable. Tickets will be sold in advance and day long passes will be available making the midway affordable. They also agreed to putting on a Toonie Thursday with all rides and food costing a toonie. Pictures of the specific rides will be put on the website shortly so everyone can see what will be coming. The Bayfield Agricultural Society is excited about the company and hope the community will support the midway and the fair.


Thank You!

The Bayfield Agricultural Society would like to thank those who attended, volunteered, and organized sections in the fair for making “The Bean is Supreme in 2013” a success.

The Bayfield Ribs & Music Fest was well supported.  The talent at the Rise 2 Fame Talent Show was excellent and should do well at the London Fair.  The parade with the parade marshals, Dave and Helen Bieman, was enjoyed along the streets of Bayfield.  The horse shows were being watched by a large number of supporters.  4-H shows always generate energy with so many young people participating and trying their best.  Exhibits were of very good quality and the Pet Display Building displayed all the animals so much clearer thanks to the renovations.  Everyone enjoyed the entertainment at the jamboree.

The Ag. Society would like to extend an apology for the absence of the toonie Thursday.  It was certainly beyond our control.  We do apologize for any inconvenience it did provide families.

Once again thanks to the Bayfield community and extended community for their support of the Bayfield Fair.  If you have any comments of what you were pleased with or think could be changed, contact us at info@bayfieldfallfair.ca

The 2013 Ribs winners are:

1st prize  The Little Inn
2nd prize Black Dog
3rd prize  The Albion Hotel



Announcing Ribs & Music Fest Opening Acts!

Live music hits the stage at 7:00pm this Friday! There will three great live acts in the lead-up to our main headliner, Elliott BROOD!

Meades Bros Productions announces the following line-up:

7:15 Josh Geddis

8:00 DNSQ3

8:45 Darren Eedens

Then at 10:00pm prepare for the headliner: Elliott BROOD.

Tickets still available, but going FAST, at ticketscene.ca!


Fair Meeting – Tues. Aug. 6 @ 7:30pm

The Fair Board will meet on Tuesday, August 6th at 7:30pm. Note the change in day because of the long weekend.

Meeting is to be held at the Bayfield United Church, in the basement.

Please find the agenda attached/below:

Agenda August 6, 2013


Order Tickets Now! Elliott BROOD performs Aug. 16th at the Bayfield Fair Grounds!

Make sure your plans on August 16th include taking in the Bayfield Ribs & Music Fest.

Ribs from 4:30pm through 8:00pm.
Music from 4:30pm through midnight!

Elliott BROOD, 2013 Juno Award winners, will perform! Other opening acts to be announced closer to the date.

Get tickets now at ticketscene.ca!



Elliott BROOD to headline 2013 Bayfield Ribs & Music Fest!

The Bayfield Agricultural Society is excited to announce that Elliott BROOD, a 2013 Juno Award winning band, will headline the 2013 Bayfield Ribs & Music Fest on August 16th, 2013 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park. Our Friday evening programming is taking shape, and this is certainly a group not be missed. More musical acts and details to be released soon!

Tickets are now available online, click here to get yours! Tickets will be available after Canada Day from local stores – check back to find out where!

Check out the music video below to hear more from our headline act:


April General Meeting

Good Morning everyone,

Isn’t a beautiful day out there? Finally Mother Nature got the memo about the spring’s arrival! Woo hooo!
Please join us for the General Meeting on Monday April/8th at 7:30pm at St Andrew’s United Church.

See you all there,



February Update


Agricultural Societies which organize the community fairs in Ontario met this past weekend in Toronto. District Directors choose a few items from every fair to be on display for the weekend. Ella Lehnan-Baker’s horse head made of beans and Emma Brown’s homemade purse were chosen to represent the Bayfield Fair. Some of the competitions at the fair level continue at the District and finally provincial level. This year Cate Thompson won the first two levels to represent Bayfield Fair for the kindergarten to Grade 4 poster competition in Toronto. In addition Jordan Berard won the rights to send an entry in the chocolate chip cookie competition. The local Agricultural Society was very proud of these entries and the young people who took the time to create and enter them. They certainly represent the future of fairs.

A few firsts were unveiled at the Annual Meeting this year. This was the first year the organization OAAS (Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies) had a General Manager. Mark Beaven was hired for this role and comes from Dungannon. He used the AGM to reveal some exciting developments with the organization. With some fanfair the new logo was presented. It gives a complete new branding for the association. The green represents growth, the red stands for the red ribbons given out to winning entries. The barn and furrows and wheat stalks symbolize rural Ontario. Another exciting development was the announcement that the Stratford Theatre has partnered with the OAAS. Any Ag. Society member will be able to get a reduction on tickets they order. Mark introduced the new website to the over 1000 delegates. Information will be much easier to find.

At the local level Bayfield will hold its next meeting on March 11 at 7:30 pm. Dave Bieman is creating a manual for running the parade. If there is anyone willing to chair the parade committee, please phone 482-9296 or email info@bayfieldfallfair.ca. Next year we also require a volunteer to chair the Friends of the Fair Committee. This committee writes letters obtaining donors for putting on the fair each year. The Directors have confirmed that there will be a midway this year with lots of lively music. The Directors are considering a request to hold an additional horse show also at the fair. This will almost fill all the grounds in the centre of the park. During the last two months several young people have expressed an interest in volunteering and being a part of the fair. Their excitement and willing commitment bode well for the upcoming fair and the last bit of planning that must be put in place. “The Bean is Supreme in 2013” may be this year’s theme but our volunteers are definitely supreme each and every year.

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