Mitchell ag society lauds longtime volunteers
The Mitchell & District Agricultural Society handed out more than a dozen longtime service awards during the official opening of the 163rd Fall Fair Sept. 1, and president Winnie Linton said they were long overdue.
“These ladies and gentlemen have been the backbone for the Mitchell & District Agricultural Society for many, many years,” Linton said. “The ag team changes over the years, but those that come enjoy what they do for the betterment of their fair and the society and we develop friendships that will last forever.”
Heading the list was Jean Mitchell, who opened the fair with a brief speech highlighting how special the fair was in her 100 years. Mitchell was given a 69-year certificate, and after she opened the fair with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, past-president David Kemp joked it’s now 70 years. And counting. “It’s an honour for me as a life member to open the fair,” she said. “The Mitchell fair was always a highlight.”
She said her husband George joined the Agricultural Society at 70 years of age, and she was president in 1961-62. When she moved to Hibbert in 1948, she began showing at the fair and did so for 60 years. Mitchell was also president of the home-craft division in 1965-66. Her children and grandchildren also participated in the fair, with son Robert president in 2003-04.
“Over the years, I’ve seen many changes and it’s been a pleasure working with the members and volunteers,” she said.
Other certificates for outstanding service were presented to Ilene McLagan and Beryl Feltz (64 years), Byron Morris (58), Lorne Fell (57), Bill French (50), Ken Bannerman and Bert Vorstenbosch, Sr. (46), James McLagan (44), Myrtle Walkom (43), Gladys Connolly, Audrey Vorstenbosch and Ruth Laing (40). Walkom and Laing were absent, but all others were in attendance and received a rousing ovation.
Two other multi-generational family awards were presented to the Fell family, Lorne and Helen, Roger and Jennifer, Darren, Stephen, Nathan, Jason, Alex, Ryan, and Pauline, Sharon Fell-Dunsmore and Spencer, as well as the Gloor family: Jean, Nancy and Zach Ward and Katie Rehberg.
Perth County Chrysler was also presented with an accomplishment award for its “time, energy and resources” in promoting the fair.