On Thursday Dec 20th, Scott Brison, MP King’s South announced the funding being made available through the federal governments infrastructure and renewal program for a new arena to be built on the Windsor Agricultural Society grounds. 4.4 million dollars was announced federally coupled with an increased provincial allocation of $3.7 million. When combined with the funds allocated by the Municipality of West Hants 2.3 million and the Town of Windsor (1 million), total committed funds to date add up to $ 11.1 million.
The new facility will incorporate an ice rink, walking track and indoor soccer field. It was quoted many times during the announcement as a game-changer for the local area and a tremendous step forward in community and economic development.
During the announcement MP Brison also commented on the plans for the new equestrian and agricultural facility that are being worked on by the Windsor Agricultural Society. Its new facility is intended to provide the community with a much needed, year-round multi-purpose facility for their agricultural needs.
The board of the Windsor Agricultural Society (WAS), welcomes Lisa Hines as incoming General Manager of Hants County Exhibition Park and the Hants County Exhibition, North America’s Oldest Agricultural Fair, in Windsor Nova Scotia.
Hines has been an active WAS director, and is a lifelong fair lover with ‘exhibition in her blood’. Grandfather Herb Coombes, a local farmer, served various terms as a WAS director, including 1949 when the current exhibition site was purchased. Her late grandparents were firm believers in the educational value of agricultural exhibitions, and had a strong influence on the number of school days missed by their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren during exhibition week. Father Dave Coombes, a career fair manager, was at the helm of HCEx for 53 years until he passed away in March 2018. Hines filled in as manager for the 253rd year of the fair.
With a Bachelor of Design in Communication (NSCAD), 30 years of project management experience, along with a lifelong interest in agriculture, Hines brings a wealth of experience to the position. Consistent with the beliefs instilled by her grandparents, she has been instrumental in the development of Future Farmers Friday, a school learning program hosted by HCEx, going into its sixth year.
Hants County Exhibition Park has forever been a happy, busy four season family destination for Hines – through exhibition, pony club, 4-H, horse and poultry shows, and hockey. She looks forward to working with staff, directors, and volunteers through the coming challenges and opportunities, and is proud and humbled to be carrying on a family tradition.
To prepare for changing times the WAS is currently seeking Requests for Proposals for a business and site concept plan for HCEx Park. For information on the RFP; booking our multipurpose facility for a show, festival or event; sponsorship opportunities; or upcoming events please contact us.
Hants County Exhibition Park is located just off highway 101 at exit 5a, 40 minutes from HRM. 2019 exhibition dates are September 13-15 and 20-22.
Susan has been working in her sketch book at the Hants County Exhibition during her stint as artist in residence at the annual agricultural fair. Here are a few of her sketch book pages from last week. Look forward to more this weekend and a final painting project in the future! These are gestures in marker, pencil and conte.
Join the the Yoga Hen at the Hants County Exhibition on September 23rd at 3:00 pm for a fun filled yoga session with Goats. Bring your mat and sense of adventure to this latest craze that everyone is trying.
Just imagine a second weekend as big or bigger than the first. A Brew Tent with beer wine and spirit samples from across the province. A local event feature with food, arts, crafts, green energy and demonstrations that will amaze. AND Goat Yoga! Check them out at this years 252nd Hants County Exhibition!
Sept 15 – 17th… 4-H weekend is coming fast! The Hants County Exhibition is happy to be able to add the complete 4-H schedule for Sept 15-17 to our program book this year, for the convenience of club members, parents and 4H fans.
The 4-H light horse schedule is part of arena programming (also in the book and on the website). Please like and share the schedule. Hants County 4-H
Sept 23rd…Register before Sept 16th to participate as a team of 2 in the Hants County Hillbilly Challenge on Saturday, September 23, 2017. This event takes place during the second weekend of the 252nd Hants County Exhibition and is sure to be a hillbilly good time!
Participants will be required to complete several tasks throughout the day(11am-6pm) to qualify for the grand prize. The main event will take place at the Exhibition Arena and will have teams taking part in challenges such as partner carry, wheelbarrow weave races, hay bale carry, square dancing, and “horse” racing! All participants MUST compete the arena challenge in rubber boots! Costumes are encouraged and a prize will be awarded for the best one!
There will be a corporate/business category, a student (must be 18+) category, and a general category. Prizes will be awarded for the winners in each category.
CBC 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
Windsor 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
Windsor Agricultural Society President Brian Casey presented Ed Patton of Green Diamond Equipment a 250th Art Print by Susan Sweet in appreciation for their sponsorship of our 250 Anniversary Celebration. Also shown in the photo Jeff Griffin – Green Diamond.