Agricultural Society Fall Fair a success, organizers
The Airdrie and District Agricultural Society (ADAS) Fall Fair took place at Genesis Place Aug. 17 to 18, with more than 600 pieces entered into the fair. Organizers are calling the 50th anniversary event a success.
“We were absolutely thrilled with it,” said ADAS President Brenda Moon. “Because it was the 50th anniversary we put a lot of extra effort into it and the community effort was great too.”
The event had more than 100 participants entering 621 pieces ranging from pies and other sweets, to flowers, vegetables, quilts and more.
Moons said she was impressed with the quality of the entries and the talent found in the community.
The 50th anniversary celebration included special Golden Celebration Winners. The Golden Celebration Winners submitted pieces that depicted the gold theme of the award such as the funniest looking gold vegetable or a photo embracing the gold theme. The winners were: Nicholas Novak for children six and under, Aleah Luciw for children seven to 12, Natalie Demmon for youth 13 to 17, Shirley Fric for adult and Ken Owens took home the Golden Celebration award for the seniors category.
The event also featured a cake-decorating contest on Aug. 18, followed by an auction with the money raised going to the Airdrie Food Bank.
“This year was the first year we’ve done anything like the cake-decorating contest and we want to do something more fun like that again,” Moon said.
The cake auction raised $1,977 for the food bank and for every dollar raised at the auction an anonymous donor matched it by 50 cents, which brought the grand total to $3,941.75.
“We are just thrilled to be able to raise almost $4,000 for the food bank,” she said.
She added ADAS will definitely incorporate another fundraising event like the auction at next year’s fair to help support the community.
Next up for ADAS is the Art of the Harvest on Sept. 28.
The group invites the public to their agricultural site located three kilometres west of Big Hill Springs Road for an old-time harvest demonstration using vintage equipment and horse teams.
Moon said the society seeded three acres with oats in April and is excited to see the results of that at the harvest.
For more information visit, www.airdrieagsociety.com