Mitchell ag so­ci­ety lauds long­time vol­un­teers

The Beacon Herald - - LOCAL NEWS - ANDY BADER

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.

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