Event Legacy Award to the 2015 Hants County Ex

Event Legacy Award Presented to Hants County Exhibition by AVESTA

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The Windsor Agricultural Society received the Event Legacy Award for its 251st Hants County Exhibition.

This award was presented in recognition of an annual community festival or event providing long lasting benefits to a community in the Annapolis Valley.

The awards luncheon featuring several individual and group awards was hosted by the Annapolis Valley Event and Sports Tourism Association (AVESTA) and the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce .

This year’s Event Legacy Award was sponsored and presented by the Municipality of the County of Kings. Receiving the award on behalf of the Windsor Agricultural Society is director Cynthia Duey.

CBC Reports on Hants County Ex 250 Year Anniversary

IMG_1480_Ostrich_HR_300_PDICBC News carried a story this week covering lead-up the 250th Anniversary of the Hants Country Exhibition. In its opening line to the story it asks… “Do you remember the time Mike Duffy raced on an ostrich that could reach 56km/hour?”

It serves as a great point of recollection in looking back 250 years; of the recent changes in fairs and exhibitions and more importantly over the long term in the agriculture and farming industries. For more on the complete story: CBC News.ca

Farm Credit Canada Provides Donation to Hants Co Ex 250th

Farm Credit Canada Hants Co Ex 250thWindsor Agricultural Society President Brian Casey presented a 250th Anniversary Art Print by Susan Sweet to Rick O’Regan of Farm Credit Canada in appreciation of their sponsorship at our 250th Anniversary Celebration at the Hants County Exhibition.

The Hants County Exhibition is recognized as the oldest and longest running agricultural fair in North America

Rare Breeds will be at Hants County Exhibition’s 250th

rare breeds hants co ex 250thA special new event during the 250th Hants County Exhibition – A Rare Breeds and Heritage Livestock Showcase. Sunday, September 27th. Come and see:
CATTLE: (Lincoln Red, Normande, Scottish Highland, Milking Shorthorn, Canadienne
SHEEP: (Cotswold. Icelandic, Southdown)
SWINE: (Berkshire)
GOATS: (Toggenburg, Saanen)
EQUINE: (Canadian, Newfoundland pony)
POULTRY: (Blue Slate,  Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington)

Scotiabank Donates to Hants County Ex 250 Anniversary

Bank of Nova ScotiaWindsor Agricultural Director Bruce Saunders (left) helps present Scotiabank Manager Wendy Brown with a token of the Society’s appreciation for the bank’s sponsorship of the 250th Anniversary Celebration at the Hants County Exhibition.

Also shown in the photo are Summer Students Brooke McNeil and Leah Newcombe (far right). Wendy was presented a 250th Art Print by Susan Sweet.

West Hants Donates to Hants Co. Ex 250th Anniversary

West Hants Donation to 250th Hants Co ExWarden Dauphinee and CAO, Cathie Osborne presenting a cheque as a donation for $25,000 to Brian Casey of Caseydale Farms for the Hants County Exhibition which celebrates its 250 anniversary this year.

Be sure to come and join them as they celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Hants County Exhibition in September.  The first weekend is Sept 18 – 21st and the following weekend Sept 25th – 27th.

King’s County Donates to Hants County Ex 250th Anniversary

Kings County DonationWindsor Agricultural Society President Brian Casey (on the right) is being presented a cheque from the Warden of the Municipality of the County of Kings Diana Brothers (center) on the occasion of the Hants County Exhibition’s 250th Anniversary.

The Exhibition in turn is presenting Warden Brothers with a print of the Susan Sweet painting commissioned to celebrate the Anniversary.

The Municipality of the County of Kings is a Silver Cup Sponsor and the Board of Directors of the Hants County Exhibition would like to thanks Kings County for their generous donation!! Also shown in the photo is David Logie (on the left), President of the Annapolis Valley Exhibition.

Hants County Exhibition Host to Safety Days

As reported in the Hants Journal on June 13. 2015 the Hants County Exhibition was host to this year’s Progressive Agricultural Safety Day.

With almost 300 school children attending Angus Ells, the event’s coordinator and an operations manager with the Bragg Lumber Company, said the elementary school children were learning a lot about safety too.  For the complete story visit this link to the Hants Journal website.

Nova International Donates for 250th Hants Co. Ex and Prostate Cancer

Nova International DonationNova International has very kindly donated a 2015 Kubota RTV400 in support of Prostate Cancer Canada and the Windsor Agricultural Society during the 250th year of the Hants County Exhibition.

Tickets are just $5 are available at the exhibition office, the horse show canteen and at Nova International’s Windsor, Aylesford, and Moncton dealerships. Thank you Nova International. Dig in!

Commemorative Painting by Local Artist Susan Sweet

Commemorative Painting Susan SweetThis painting was created by Susan Sweet to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Hants County Exhibition. Sweet was thrilled when approached several years ago to create a commemorative painting for the 250th.Her father Ernest Sweet was president of the Exhibition in 1965, and Sweet has a lifetime involvement and interest in the exhibition.

Her practice of painting is grounded in having lived her life in rural Hants County surrounded by various aspects of agriculture. Sweet is specifically interested in our relationships and treatments of our domestic animals and livestock. She chose oxen for this painting because they have been working the Hants County land for the 250 years of the fair.

They remain a constant at the contemporary exhibition and represent partnership, strength, hard work and rural community. 250 prints of the commission have been created, signed by the artist, matted, framed, and are ready to hang. $75 +HST and available to purchase at the exhibition office. 902 798 0000

All Nations Drum with Richard Taylor and DRUM! Close out Opening of Hants County Ex 250th Celebrations

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All Nations Drum and Richard Taylor

After three outstanding nightly performances the final audience at DRUM! with All Nations Drum and Richard Taylor  was treated to a special, culture-filled and vibrant performance .

The event was undertaken by the Windsor Agricultural Society as part of its opening celebrations for the 250th Anniversary of the Hants County Exhibition. Having originally started in May 1765 the fair has continued virtually uninterrupted. It is recognized as the oldest and longest running agricultural exhibitions in North America.

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Finale of the performance at DRUM!

Celebrations for the opening weekend included: four performances of DRUM! (a renowned Brookes Diamond production); an historical reenactment of the 84th Regiment of Foot Encampment; a healing drum ceremony at Windsor’s historic Fort Edward blockhouse, the oldest remaining structure in Canada; the proclamation delivery and reenactment by the Pony Express,; a weekend AgArt festival celebrating art in agriculture along with the unveiling of a commissioned painting by local artist Susan Sweet.

The year’s events continue with a host of agriculture and musical events throughout the year, leading to the finale the 250th Hants County Exhibition in September. Two event filled weekends are planned highlighting the importance of culture and agriculture throughout the region with special acknowledgement of the contributions by the African Canadian, Acadian and Mi’kmaq communities.  For more details visit HantsCountyEx.com