Thanksgiving Weekend - October 7, 8 & 9, 2017
"Fun For The Whole Herd"
As President of the Norwood Agricultural Society, it is my pleasure and honour to invite you to the 2016 Norwood Fair. I encourage everyone to have a look at the Norwood Fair’s prize book and to find a category in which to enter a piece of art, livestock, or even a simple display of veggies from the garden. Everyone is warmly invited. If you come, you will be greeted by a team of friendly volunteers. We want to make sure that everyone feels welcomed and we take great pride in helping you join in the fun.
Participating makes your experience of the fair richer. Make sure to enjoy it and not take the competition too seriously. As intellectual Gary Chapman wrote: “life’s deepest meaning in not found in accomplishments, but in relationships.”
As the president, I am only a small piece of a much larger family of
volunteers that makes this endeavour a success. I have been around the fair all my life, but decided to “join the fun” more seriously when I saw and heard from friends and family about the dedication and togetherness that volunteering with the fair gives someone. It brings one even closer to their community, deepens friendships, and grows your roots where you belong. The family of volunteers is similar to every family; we have common visions but sometimes different opinions. For five days each year we eat together, laugh together, have fun together, clean up after each other, build memories together, and sometimes even trip over each other. Like in every family, we have to first and foremost communicate
with love and respect and keep our common goal in mind, which is the success of the fair and our community.
For those of you who may not know, the best days of the Thanksgiving Weekend are the Fridays before and the Tuesdays after the fair. I don’t mean to confuse you because the fair gate’s do officially open at 8am on the Saturday and the last pumpkin and cow should be taken home just
after 5 pm on the Monday of the Thanksgiving Weekend. Those who volunteer with the fair will know what I am talking about; those who don’t should come and experience it. Working shoulder to shoulder with our army of
volunteers is an uplifting feeling. Watching the fair take shape on Friday and cleaning up after a successful fair on Tuesday are some of life’s wonderful moments.
We are blessed to have a successful fair in Norwood since 1868. It is clear that our ancestors knew that the secrets of a strong community lays not in accomplishments but relationships. Today the value of building community remains, as the heart of the fair is still about the people involved. We need the fair to stay strong for future generations to enjoy. When you come as an exhibitor, volunteer or spectator you build relationships and you make it possible for our children to inherit something special and valuable from our past. It is simple: come to the fair, perhaps join in some healthy competition or volunteer but, ultimately, spend time with each other to build memories, deepen relationships and have fun.
President, 2016 - 2017
Norwood Agricultural Society
These folks make it happen!
Without a doubt, no event of this scope can come together without the tireless dedication of dozens of volunteers and the generous support of corporate sponsors. Here are the people that make this event possible:
Officers & Directors
Meri Lynn Shaw
Co-Presidents: Lori Burtt and Jeanette Marshall
Past Co-Presidents: Katelyn Moore and Rosemary Davidson
Secretary-Treasurer: Jennifer Payne
President: Maureen Walsh
Past Presidents: Annette Klompmaker
Secretary-Treasurer: Marilyn Heming
This annual event cannot happen without the financial help and support of the Municipalities, businesses, organizations and individuals in the surrounding area who have been most generous in contributing trophies, special prizes, cash donations or in purchasing advertisements in our Prize Book.
#1 Sewing Centre
| Neil McClure
Dr. Andy McGee Trust
John McMillan & Family
Mill Line Woodworking
Bruce & Alice Murray
NAPA Auto Parts
Norwood Auto Wreckers
Norwood Centennial Pharmacy
Norwood & District Funeral Home
Norwood & District Horticultural
Norwood Home Hardware
Norwood Lions Club
Norwood Veterinary Service
Oakland Greens Golf Course
Ontario Belgian Association
Bruce & Joan Payne
Peterborough County Cattlemen’s Assoc.
Peterborough Community Futures Dev. Corp.
Peterborough County Milk Producers
Peterborough & The Kawartha’s Tourism
Peterborough Veterinary Services
PG Towns General Store
Pleasant Meadow Manor
Rick & Fred Pulfer
Rag Doll, - Ethel Henry
RBC Royal Bank
Murray & Pat Ross
Royal Canadian Legion #300
Royal Canadian Legion #389