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
“This year, the 204th edition of the Williamstown Fair will have as its central theme the “50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag”. At the official opening ceremony at 1:00pm on Saturday August 8th we will have Duncan Matheson on hand to participate in the opening. Duncan is the son of John Ross Matheson who was the MP for Leeds-Grenville in the sixties. He was asked by then Prime Minister Lester Pearson to sit on the committee that worked on creating a new flag for Canada. It was he who convinced the committee to adopt the single maple leaf as the symbol of Canada – and thus he is sometimes referred to as the father of the Canadian Flag. The Matheson family also has a familial lineage to Sir John Johnson and thus also have a Glengarry connection.
As a prelude to this event and starting Monday June 22nd Canadian flags will be installed on every HydroOne and Bell pole along the north side of John Street from the High School to the Fair Entrance. This is intended to focus attention on the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag and of course to also celebrate Canada Day. The flags will remain until after the Fair.
This is a partnership initiative between the Williamstown Fair Board who supplied the flags, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 544 in Lancaster who supplied the aluminum poles and mounting hardware and the Township of South Glengarry for the installation.
The Board of Directors of the Williamstown Fair invite everyone to attend the Fair and to participate in the opening ceremony to mark a milestone in the history of our country.
“See you at the Fair”
This weekend, 5 representatives of the Williamstown Fair Board will be going to Toronto for the annual OAAS Convention. Every year, we send representatives to share their ideas and hopefully return with others! Please let us know if you have any concerns or ideas for our fair or others. We would love to include you in the discussions!
Congratulations Sylvie Grignon Denis! You have won our free giveaway contest for 2 weekend passes and 2 ride bracelets! For the rest of you who entered or didn’t make it in on time, we will have plenty more opportunities to win in the next month before the fair so check our Facebook page or Twitter accounts regularly to make sure you don’t miss out!
The Williamstown Fair is proud to present a contest this year on our Facebook page for 2 weekend passes and 2 midway bracelets. In order to enter, you are asked to like and share our Facebook page by tomorrow June 27 at midnight. The winner will be chosen at that time. Good luck to everyone who enters!
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