— courtesy Manotick Messenger
Preparations are already underway for the 2018 Richmond Fair.
This year’s fair will take place Sept. 13-16 and will include rides, games, the midway, five dog shows, six horse shows and much more.
The fair was among the topics of discussion at the Richmond Agricultural Society AGM, held at the Richmond Curling Club in January.
“Last year our Board began a new chapter of looking forward,” said Richmond Agricultural Society President David Brown. “We were blessed with extremely warm temperatures, no rain, and we were led by a dedicated Board of Directors and committee volunteers.”
Brown was re-elected as the board’s President, while David Rea was elected first Vice-President and Bruce Bain was elected second Vice-President.
Brown recounted the successes of last year’s fair. He praised the junior directors for taking on more responsibilities, and he talked about how the livestock committees stepped forward to enter show results into Assist Expo. He also talked about how the volunteer café team embraced innovation and changed the way meals were offered to volunteers. Most importantly, last year’s fair was a financial success.
“After investing a significant amount of Society funds into capital upgrades, we took a breather which directly led to our Fair generating a profit,” said Brown. “We compromised, acted positively and worked cooperatively. These are only a few of the successes that we experienced last year. All of this has added to the Fair’s legacy in our community. Our objectives should be the same this year.”
Manotick Messenger editor and publisher Jeff Morris was the keynote speaker for the evening. Morris discussed the role the Messenger will play for both the fair and the community in the upcoming year as the community newspaper serving Richmond and South Carleton.
“The Manotick Messenger has covered the Richmond Fair through the years, as it is a major event for the entire region,” Morris said. “We are excited about the opportunity to be more involved in promoting the fair and increasing our coverage this year.”