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Ag Societies Make A Difference

When Chuck Puchailo was asked to run the light horse show for his Gilbert Plains/ Grandview agricultural society, he turned to his teenage daughter for some help. Chenise Puchailo was happy to lend her dad a hand. The show went well and buoyed by its success, she agreed to co-chair the event the following year.

MAAS 2010 –A Youth’s Perspective

Editor’s note: Attracting young blood into leadership roles in rural organizations can be a challenge. The first problem is finding it, as youth often leave their communities to follow their careers, and the second – to make them feel welcome. The following piece suggests the Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies is on the right track.



Ag Societies Should Inspect Fairgrounds

Adrink spills on the bleacher stairs at the fair. No one notices until someone slips and falls after stepping in it. They injure their back. Later, they bring a claim against the agricultural society hosting the fair. Who is responsible? “Trust me, someone will be held responsible,” said John Ruban, president of Winnipeg-based Ruban Insurance



Fairs Key Contributors To Local Economies

“They’re still a good attraction.” – DORIS FLETCHER, PRESIDENT, MANITOBA ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURAL SOCIETIES CAFE study highlights Source: Canadian Fairs and Exhibitions Economic Impact Study 2009 Combined impact of all Canadian fairs estimated at $1 billion annually. – Large fairs contribute $386 million to local economies; medium fairs $51 million; small fairs $569 million Average

Province Helps Fund Fairground Upgrades

“There needs to be upgrading.” – DORIS FLETCHER, MAAS PRESIDENT Agricultural socie-ties will share $94,500 in provincial grants in 2009-10 to help cover costs of much-needed upgrades such as paint and repairs to barns, grandstands, bleachers and signage. The provincial government announced the grant last week. “These organizations support and encourage the exhibitions and fairs

Fresh ideas for rejuvenating country fairs

“Our last two generations have forgotten how to cook, how to garden, how to sew, how to can.” – Doris Fletcher The volunteers who log countless hours organizing community fairs should not lose sight of why they got involved in the first place, community development expert and motivational speaker Paul Born says. “Caring is the


What’s up – for Jan. 8, 2009

Please forward your agricultural events to [email protected] call 204-944-5762 Jan. 7-9 – Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association 39th annual convention, Fairmont Hotel, 2 Lombard Ave., Winnipeg. For more info visit www.wheatgrowers.caor call Blair Rutter at 204-256-2353. Jan. 10-11 – Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies annual conference, Victoria Inn, Brandon. For more info call MAFRI in