Categorized | FP, FP Photos

Fair days ahead for Ag Society

West Niagara Ag. Society ready for inaugural Fair Sept. 10-13

By Katherine Grant
NewsNow

Richardson Hall at the West Niagara Agricultural Society Fairgrounds combines the best of traditions of the past and the vision for the future of local agriculture.

With a red and white barn-like facade, the hall’s 24,000 square feet will be ready to welcome the first visitors to the inaugural West Niagara Agricultural Society’s Fair, now just four weeks away.

Albert Witteveen, ag society president and its new general manager spends much of his time at the site. The grounds have been well mapped out to make the best of the space for the fair.

The two main buildings are being readied for the return of old favourites plus some exciting new additions to the lineup.

“The helicopter rides will use this area for a landing pad,” he says motioning to an area in a north-east corner of the parking area outside Richardson Hall. “And the stone for the midway is arriving today.”

Richardson Hall will serve as livestock show space for the fair. Large bay doors and an adjacent wash area will provide a smooth and practical egress.

“There is a big cistern beneath the wash area and the animals can be taken inside to finish grooming,” said Witteveen.

The hall has a concession space with indoor and outdoor access windows. Washrooms are immediately inside the main door.

To the south of the hall is the livestock building which this year will provide display space for the homecraft division.

A walk between the two large buildings leads to the midway area west of the hall.

“World’s Finest came to the table to help out with our first year,” said Witteveen, adding all-day ride passes will be available for $15.

Alongside the midway will be the food alley, divided by a 700-foot strip of mulch.

Visitors to the fair are asked to use Grimsby Road 10 to enter the parking area located on the south-west corner of the property.

There will be shuttles to carry people from the parking area to the fairgrounds, said Witteveen.

The beer tent and more display area will be found west of the midway. Two horse rings are located behind the livestock building.

A full program has been designed for the four-day fair and will include demolition derbies, lots of entertainment and fireworks on Saturday night at dusk.

“Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy some music under the stars while watching the fireworks,” said Witteveen.

Two Fat Guys from the Ontario Pork Association will be doing cooking demonstrations as well.

Although it has been a long time coming, the complex was worth the wait and the best is yet to come, said Witteveen who, in his new role of GM for the site, will be tasked with marketing it to organizations to utilize the site throughout the year.

The complex lends itself to many possibilities, the most important of which are those involving the communities it serves.

For example, a storm water pond on the east side of the property could be used for ice skating in winter complete with hot chocolate and food trucks, said Witteveen.

The community hall will have a more formal, huge banquet area as well as meeting rooms and a full kitchen.

It could be used for everything from 4-H groups to home and garden shows and much more.

“I already have a few caterers I am working with,” said Witteveen.

About newsnow

newsnow is published Thursday each week, going to every home in West Niagara and the Winona area. Click here to contact newsnow.
West Niagara Weather
24°
light intensity shower rain
humidity: 83%
wind: 9m/s SW
H 24 • L 16
20°
Wed
19°
Thu
19°
Fri
19°
Sat
21°
Sun

Upcoming Community Events

  • Tue
    18
    Jul
    2017
    Tue
    29
    Aug
    2017

    Yoga at Sunset

    Beamsville Library, 4996 Beam Street, Beamsville
  • Tue
    01
    Aug
    2017
    Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017

    West Lincoln Community Care – Summer Sizzler Sale

    135 Griffin Street, Smithville
  • Tue
    01
    Aug
    2017
    Fri
    01
    Sep
    2017

    West Lincoln Community Care - Silent Auctions

  • Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017

    SMITHVILLE LEGION BR. 393 August 2017 events

    Smithville Legion Br. 393
For all Community Events, click here

July/August ClubWest now available online

Seeking Employment?

Total jobs: 392
Randstad
  |  Hamilton, Ontario
 - 22 Aug 2017

Do you like to stay busy. Are you a multi tasker who loves to help where you're needed. We are looking for a dynamic individual for a busy parts and service desk in Stoney Creek. I...

FedEx Ground
  |  Grimsby, Ontario
 - 22 Aug 2017

Auto req ID. 165894BR. Job Description. FedEx Ground specializes in cost effective small package shipping, offering dependable business to business delivery and convenient resident...

FedEx Ground
  |  Grimsby, Ontario
 - 22 Aug 2017

Auto req ID. 166572BR. Position Title. Package Handler. Warehouse. Position Type. Part Time. Job Summary. FedEx Ground specializes in cost effective small package shipping, offerin...

neuvoo job search jobs

Our Facebook Page

Subscribe to our newsnow posts

Enter your email address to subscribe here and receive notifications of new posts by email.

newsnow

100% Niagara owned and operated.
49 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1R3
289 235 9500
SiteLock