TO: Friends of the Williamstown Fair
FROM: Williamstown Fair Board
The 207th edition of the Williamstown Fair, Ontario’s oldest consecutive fair, will be held from Friday, August 10th to Sunday August 12th, 2018. We anticipate that this edition of the Williamstown Fair will exceed all previous fairs in terms of exhibits, agricultural exhibits, competitions, entertainment, food and hospitality. It will again be a time to renew old acquaintances and friendships.
As many in our community know, Carter Shows Ltd. will not be providing midway services for the Fair this year. Bruce Brock (the owner and operator of Carter Shows Ltd.) had signed a three year contract with the St. Lawrence Valley Agricultural Society in which it was agreed that Carter Shows Ltd. would provide midway services for the Williamstown Fair for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018. However, Carter Shows Ltd. announced in March 2018 that it would not provide midway services under the existing contract for the 2018 Williamstown Fair unless the Society agreed to a number of concessions, which would have resulted in significant financial losses to the Society. As the Society could not agree to these demands, Carter Shows Ltd. informed the Board that it would not provide midway services for the 2018 Williamstown Fair.
Given the lateness of these events, the Board had few alternatives in terms of securing alternate midway services. A new midway service provider has been secured and the Board is grateful to this service provider for agreeing to provide midway services at the last moment. The midway rides this year will be inflatable and not mechanical. The Board realizes that this will disappoint some fairgoers and for this we offer our sincere apologies. However, the Fair is the Fair and we look forward to celebrating this community tradition.
Hamish MacDonell, Board President
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