Aberfoyle Agricultural Society to host agricultural day

ABERFOYLE – After months of deliberation and planning, the Aberfoyle Agricultural Society will be hosting an agricultural day on Sept. 11 at the Puslinch Community Centre grounds.

Officials felt that a smaller, outdoor event was possible this year. With the province moving into phase three of its reopening plan, members felt the community deserved the opportunity to get outside and celebrate its agricultural heritage.

The event will run from 1:30pm to 5pm and will include many agricultural displays. The day will conclude with a lawn tractor pull.

“We’re going to have stations on the ground with various agricultural themes,” said Don McKay, a member of the Aberfoyle Agricultural Society.

“One station will be dedicated to sheep, and others will show various crops. There will also be 4-H club displays.”

McKay said the agricultural society has been planning for an event like this over the course of the year.

“We talked about if we were able to have a fair, what would it look like?” McKay said.

“As we got closer to the date of the fair and the province started to lift restrictions, we started thinking that we could at least do something to show that we still exist, and that the community is important to us.”

McKay said he is ecstatic that the agricultural society will be able to offer an in-person event this year.

“We don’t want people to forget that we are still an agricultural community. It’s where our roots are in Puslinch,” he said.

“We’re not checking if people have had their vaccinations or anything like that, but we still wanted to make sure this could be an event where people felt safe and comfortable.”

Admission is by donation, and the first 250 cars arriving will receive a “fun at the fair swag bag.”

McKay said the bags will include popcorn, water bottles, colouring books, and other educational materials for children.

“The first 250 cars will come in, and we’ll hand them a token. They can bring that to the main green barn and exchange the token for a goodie bag.”