Kristin Don­caster will fol­low in her grand­fa­ther’s foot­steps to or­ga­nize farm field day

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Kristin Don­caster has taken over as this year’s co-or­di­na­tor of Sackville’s farm field day, which takes place Sept. 16.

to 8,000 peo­ple each year and fea­tures ac­tiv­i­ties such as pony rides, a pet­ting zoo, horse-drawn wagon rides, trac­tor demon­stra­tions, live mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, hay-lift­ing demon­stra­tions, chili and cookie bake-offs and much more – was an idea orig­i­nally con­ceived and or­ga­nized by the Don­caster fam­ily and friends.

Once known as the Bud Don­caster Me­mo­rial Agri­cul­tural Field Day, the event was re­named Fam­ily Day at the Don­caster

Farm in 2015 when many of the long­time key or­ga­niz­ers of the event de­cided to step back af­ter more than a decade of run­ning the event, cit­ing the time com­mit­ment and work in­volved. Since that time, the town has taken on the task or hir­ing a co­or­di­na­tor for the event as well as re­cruit­ing the nec­es­sary vol­un­teers.

The Don­caster fam­ily has con­tin­ued to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in keep­ing the event go­ing,

how­ever, pro­vid­ing the town use of their field as well as serv­ing in an ad­vi­sory ca­pac­ity.

“There’s never been any hes­i­ta­tion from the Don­caster fam­ily about keep­ing this event go­ing,” said Matt Pryde, man­ager of recre­ation pro­grams and spe­cial events for the town.

Pryde said although the event has con­tin­ued to do well for the past two years un­der two dif­fer­ent vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tors, the town is pleased to have a Don­caster back on board to or­ga­nize the event.

“We’re ex­cited a fam­ily mem­ber wants to step up and take this on,” he said. “It speaks vol­umes about the fam­ily and their in­ter­est in see­ing this event con­tinue.”

The farm field day has over the years be­come a ma­jor at­trac­tion, draw­ing vis­i­tors from all over the Mar­itimes.

Kristin said this year’s event will of­fer many of the long­time tra­di­tional favourites while also in­cor­po­rat­ing a few new ac­tiv­i­ties, such as me­chan­i­cal bull rid­ing, bar­rel rac­ing and polebend­ing demon­stra­tions, just to name a few.

“I hope that the com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to sup­port the event and en­joy it as they al­ways have,” she said.

To put on a suc­cess­ful event, how­ever, re­quires a large crew of vol­un­teers. If any­one is in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing their time to as­sist with the farm field day, Pryde said peo­ple are wel­come to help out with any job, for any length of time – “it’s su­per flex­i­ble.” Con­tact Kristin at kristin. don­caster@gmail.com if you are able to help out with the event.

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