Kincardine, Ontario – There are three things the beach town of Kincardine is best known for: the view of Lake Huron, the world famous sunsets and the annual fall fair hosted by the Kincardine Agricultural Society.
“The fair’s our main thrust here. We host it on Labour Day weekend and educate the public about agriculture in our community,” says Dave Cook, treasurer of the Kincardine Agricultural Society.
Thanks to hundreds of volunteers, the fair’s been beating strong for over 150 years. But even with the complimentary support, donations are its only source of revenue.
So when local sheep farmer and president of the society, Lindsay Dykeman heard about the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities (CFGC) grant, she nominated the Kincardine Agricultural Society right away.
“As a small agricultural society we rely on the support of our community and when we receive a new grant it can really help us to boost our programming,” she says.
And boost the fair’s programming is exactly what the CFGC $2,500 grant did.
“We used the grant to help run our Agriculture and the Environment experience for youth. We set up several stations that youth travelled through,” Dykeman explains.
Over 500 Kincardine youth participated, learning how to churn butter, milk goats, plant seeds and more.
“The grant made us feel pretty great. We certainly have a spot for it and we’re always looking for donations so every little bit helps,” says Cook.