Hants County Ex 2021

The 256th Hants County Exhibition – The New, Oldest Fair (Take Two)

In 2020 the Hants County Exhibition pivoted to a virtual experience to work with restrictions surrounding Covid-19.  “Five Days of Fair Life” video series featured on-line competitions for families to do at home and submit via photo or video.

2021 requires another alternative approach to keep the spirit (and future) of The Oldest Agricultural Fair alive and well.  We are planning a modified show schedule for traditional exhibition competitions and events in September. We are optimistic vaccinations and a decrease in public health restrictions will enable us to welcome the community back to our fairgrounds in smaller gathering numbers, in sessions.

It won’t be a traditional fair, but will be a step in the right direction towards brighter days ahead. Stay tuned for more details in the very near future.

See you In September!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Windsor Agricultural Society is proud to announce we’ll be inviting fair goers and competitors back for a modified ‘in-person’ 256th Hants County Exhibition in September!

Due to gathering limits we won’t be able to host the full scale fair you’re used to. But, with the support of our generous community sponsors and partners, we’re navigating our way through public health guidelines to offer you a safe and fun modified 256th Hants County Exhibition.

Come enjoy entertainment and learning opportunities for the kids; horse show competitions; vegetable displays and competitions; art & homecraft displays; 4-H and school displays; antique engines and tractors, animal displays, and more. Full event schedule, entertainment, and details for safely welcoming you back will be shared as finalized.

Please save these dates in your calendar.

September 10-11: Classic Heritage Beef Show
September 17-19: Western weekend (MBRA and youth western classes)
September 18: Hants County Truck and Tractor Pull (raindate September 19)
September 24-26: Hunter/Jumper Weekend; Hants County 4-H
**Ox Pull dates to be announced

In the meantime we’re putting the final touches on exhibition competition books and we encourage you all to enter! We’ll have a competition (with prizes) for almost everyone no matter your age or skill level – from photos to quilts to peppers and pumpkins (and everything in between).

.See you in September!

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New Oldest Farmers’ Market at the Fairgrounds!

The Hants County Ex Farmers’ Market at the Fairgrounds is a project of the Not-for-Profit Windsor Agricultural Society. The market, new in 2021, is a member of the Farmers’Markets of Nova Scotia Cooperative Ltd. As a member we adhere to the same principle of “grow it, make it, or bake it”. The mission of the Market is to provide a direct market venue for producers of local goods and services to engage with the community in a convenient, and accessible location. In 2021 the market will be outdoors to better work with restrictions surrounding Covid-19.

The Fairgrounds is home to the Oldest Agricultural Fair in North America. The first fair was held at Fort Edward in 1765 on the only passable road from Halifax. It was in essence, a farmers’ market with vendors selling products grown in what was known as the province’s “bread basket”.
If you would like to be a vendor, please email an application. See you on Thursday evenings June through October!

Vendor Application!

Windsor Agricultural Society’s New Directors 2021-22

President’s of Board of Directors over the years.

In January, the Windsor Agricultural Society was pleased to hold its Annual General Meeting of Directors. The Society undertook to review and approve its minutes of the previous year as well as a review of its operations and and its financial statements. This meeting was held virtually due to restrictions surrounding Covid-19.

The Windsor Agricultural Society continues to retain and attract an exceptional group of individuals in our community as members of its Board.

For the 2021-2022 we are pleased to welcome new directors and local business people Jon Strum and Jason Casey. We wish to thank departing directors Josh Dill, Rod Corkum, and Stephen Rafuse for their time and commitment to the Society. 

Ryan Knowles, President,
Joel Rafuse, Vice President
Kim Frank, Secretary

Directors:  Cynthia Duey, Janice Keith, Brad Hood, Wyatt Oulton, Jared Burgess, Peter Francis, Jennifer Lindsay, Bailey Collins, Jon Strum, and Jason Casey

Hants County Ex gives Thanks!

Hants County Ex 2020 – Virtual Fair – THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of you for your support of this year’s 255th “New, Oldest Fair” – the Hants County Exhibitions first virtual fair. 

Five Days of Fair Life” ran as a video series on our Instagram and Facebook accounts. Hopefully these five short videos were able to help keep the spirit of our fair alive in your hearts. 

We are really appreciative of all the comments we are receiving about the “Five Days of Fair Life” videos. For this reason we  want to take a moment to share your appreciation and ours, to  recognize the young (super tech savvy) people who brought this concept all together.

Gillian Davidson  and Michael Congdon, our summer students, managed the on line competitions from top to bottom and created each class category slide show video.

The awesome marketing videos (as well as Casey/Hennebury, and intro videos) were created by Riley Strowbridge of Uncharted Creative Media and Brett Mosher from Catch the Wave Marketing.

Ian Swinamer of Swinamer Media handled all of the interviews, final editing, as well as production of the final product. He also produced the history video. Ian sat patiently with me for days paring down all of our footage to five 20 minute videos. I don’t know what I would have done without him.

We have very talented young people amongst us! I’m so proud of them. And Jane Lukerr was exactly as awesome as I expected her to be as intro host. Thank you for watching, and see you in person in 2021.

Hants County Ex Announces 2020 Garden Challenge Winners

Beauti-Tone Paint Garden Challenge Winners (August 6 – August 27)

Winner Week 3 & 4 - Beauti-Tone Paint Garden Challenge

Winner Week 3 & 4 – Beauti-Tone Paint Garden Challenge

Week Three and Four Winner for "Vegetable Garden Bounty" and "Most Unique / Unusual Vegetable" was Tracey Warner. Congratulations Tracey ...
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Winner Week 2 - Beauti-Tone Paint Garden Challenge

Winner Week 2 – Beauti-Tone Paint Garden Challenge

Week Two Winner for "Most Inventive Vegetable Gardening Experiment or Solution" was Nancy Miller. Congratulations Nancy Miller for being our ...
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New Directors 2020-2021

In January, the Windsor Agricultural Society was pleased to hold its Annual General Meeting of Directors. The Society undertook to review and approve its minutes of the previous year as well as a review of its operations and and its financial statements.

The Windsor Agricultural Society continues to retain and attract an exceptional group of individuals in our community as members of its Board.

For the 2020-2021 year we are pleased to announce new and returning Directors for the Windsor Agricultural Society / Hants County Exhibition are as follows:

Ryan Knowles, President,
Josh Dill, Vice President
Kim Frank, Secretary

Directors:  Rod Corkum, Cynthia Duey, Janice Keith, Stephen Rafuse,
Brad Hood, Wyatt Oulton, Jared Burgess, Peter Francis, Jennifer Lindsay, Eugene Swinamer,  Joel Rafuse, Bailey Collins

CATEGORIES

Group ATN Secures Contract for Business Concept Plan

The Windsor Agricultural Society is pleased to announce Group ATN (GATN) as the successful proponent of our recent request for proposals for a Business and Concept Plan for Hants County Exhibition and HCEx Park.

Group ATN provides a diversified consultancy serving the public and private sectors, First Nations and Aboriginal Interests and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). Group ATN also specializes in tourism analysis, communications and marketing.

Thank you Pioneer Seeds!

The oldest Agricultural Fair in North America, Hants County Exhibition, is planning a kitchen upgrade for community functions, and local food demonstrations and tastings.

Thank you to Pioneer Seeds for offering this amazing $50,000 grand prize! And thank you to our community for voting daily to make this prize a reality. Stay tuned as we finalize our plans. Here’s to hometowns!

 

Windsor Agricultural Society Engages New Directors

On January 29 2019, the Windsor Agricultural Society was pleased to hold its Annual General Meeting of Directors. The Society undertook to review and approve its minutes of the previous year as well as a review of its operations and and its financial statements.

At a time when many small not-for-profit Society’s are challenged to find and replace new directors, this year, the Windsor Agricultural Society was very pleased to secure the support of 6 new directors.

New and returning Directors for the Windsor Agricultural Society / Hants County Exhibition include the following:

Ryan Knowles, President,  Josh Dill, Vice President
Harry Ullock, Melanie Francis, Rod Corkum, Cynthia Duey, Kim Frank, Jane Kerr, Janice Keith, Stephen Rafuse, Andy Woolaver, Brad Hood, Wyatt Oulton, Jared Burgess, Peter Francis, Jennifer Lindsay, Eugene Swinamer,  Joel Rafuse.

Erin MacQuarrie Dressage Clinic

Erin MacQuarrie Dressage Clinic

The Windsor Agricultural Society is pleased to annouce that their facilities will be host to the Erin MacQuarrie Dressage Clinic – August 3 and 4 at Hants County Exhibition Park.  The clinic will offer a limited number of spaces on a first come first serve basis for $250 +HST (includes two semi private 50 min lessons and weekend stabling).

Whether you are schooling to improve your performance in hunter/jumper or in the dressage ring, this is a great opportunity to work with an Equine Canada certified Competition Coach Specialist in a large indoor arena in a small riding group of two.

Erin has over 100 students competing at various levels including FEI Jr and NAYRC, and she’s brought many horses from training level through to Grand Prix with much success. It will be a great learning weekend in Windsor. Don’t miss it.

For more details contact: Hantscountyex@eastlink.ca for registration.

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Windsor Agricultural Society Extends RFP Deadline Charting Future Course

Submission deadline extended to Jan 21 at 4PM.

Please note The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to Monday, January 21, 2019 at 4PM. All other submission requirements remain the same.

There are exciting times ahead as the Windsor Agricultural Society embarks on a new journey in reviewing and charting its future course and direction.

The process begins with the issuance of our business case and concept site plan RFP (“request for proposals”).

Please feel free to share our RFP with qualified individuals or companies that you know who may have an interest in responding. Closing date for responses is January 21st. Thank you.

Windsor Agricultural Society Charts Future Course

With its RFP out for tender (due Jan 15th) there are exciting times ahead as the Windsor Agricultural Society embarks on a new journey in reviewing and charting its future course and direction.

The process begins with the issuance of our business case and concept site plan RFP (“request for proposals”).

Please feel free to share our RFP with qualified individuals or companies that you know who may have an interest in responding. Closing date for responses is January 15th. Thank you.

Funding Announced for new Ice Arena

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.

 

Oldest Fair in North America Appoints New Manager

New General Manager, Lisa Hines Windsor Agricultural Society

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.