Barns full

– less in build­ings

Stanstead Journal - - OBITUARY -

vol­un­teer­ing at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair for thir­teen years, ever since I re­tired,” said Bar­bara.

“My Aunt Ruby Shel­don got me in­volved with the Ayer’s Cliff Fair. I’ve been vol­un­teer­ing here since 1984,” said Deb­bie Smith as she was do­ing the tag­ging of the Hor­ti­cul­ture De­part­ment con­tests, not an easy task af­ter just hav­ing cataract surgery. Her hus­band, Bruce Smith, was help­ing. Busy judg­ing, tag­ging and record­ing the re­sults of the flo­ral com­pe­ti­tions were fif­teen year vol­un­teer and fair Di­rec­tor Tri­cia McDaid, Louise Bald­win who is cel­e­brat­ing her 25th year as a vol­un­teer at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair, Sonya Voggen­re­iter who was vol­un­teer­ing for a sec­ond year, and Joy MacDon­ald in her first year as a vol­un­teer. “Sonya roped me in, this year, to be a vol­un­teer,” ad­mit­ted Joy. Tri­cia then shared her story about how she started vol­un­teer­ing at the fair. “I used to babysit for Jennifer and An­gus MacK­in­non and, one day, An­gus said I should come to church so I could meet peo­ple. I said ‘No way’, and so An­gus said, ‘Well then you bet­ter join the Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety at the fair.”

While in the Hor­ti­cul­ture Build­ing, the vol­un­teers pointed out the build­ing’s lat­est im­prove­ments. “We have a brand new roof now, in­stalled by vol­un­teers. The new skirt­ing at the dis­plays was do­nated by Sheard’s and vol­un­teers sewed all the ma­te­rial,” added Ms. McDaid. On the other side of the build­ing, Les­lie Bliss and Wendy But­ler were busy judg­ing the dec­o­rated pump­kins. “It’s my fifth year with the Hor­ti­cul­ture Build­ing and I did the race­track for six years be­fore that,” said Wendy with a big smile. “I have a pic­ture of my fa­ther at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair in 1921 and we still have fair tags at home from 1921. We used to live at the fair since the time I was walk­ing,” said Mr. Bliss, a dairy farmer who raises Jer­sey cat­tle. “We’ve been get­ting the Stanstead Jour­nal for sixty-three years!” he added im­pres­sively.

“I’m of­ten asked what’s the key to the suc­cess of the Ayer’s Cliff Fair,” said Fair pres­i­dent An­gus MacK­in­non, and I say: “It’s the peo­ple; the visi­tors and the vol­un­teers.”

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