The Bracebridge Agricultural Society has added five new members to its board of directors, despite a decline in overall volunteers, said the society’s president.
The Bracebridge Agricultural Society has added five new members to its board of directors. Pictured here (back row, from left) are first vice-president Dave Nichols, Garth Legris, past president Steve Harper, Heather Hurren, Thelma Marrin, Jim McConnach, secretary/treasurer Pat Munroe, Earl Riches, Jerry Fox. Seated are Burt Worth, Traci Fairbarn, Donna Wallace, president Myrna Keizer and Loretta Beer.
Myrna Keizer, president of the society, said throughout the years, volunteers have been declining.
“It’s the same people doing all the work all the time,” said Keizer.
Each January the agricultural society elects new members to its 18-member board of directors as well as its executive board. All nominees are volunteers.
The same people are often elected, year after year, said Keizer. She is happy to see new people involved.
“We all are getting older,” she said. “The kids coming through the ranks don’t want to do anything they won’t get paid for.”
“People want to know what they’ll get out of it before they commit,” said Keizer. “The only thing they’ll get out of it is helping the community.”
People may think the agricultural society doesn’t do much, said Keizer, but right now is a busy time of year behind the scenes.
Those involved with the society have just completed looking for information, funding and sponsorships to make the fall fair possible. They compile the information into the fair’s prize book, which they’re hoping to have in people’s hands by the end of April.
The agricultural society is known for organizing the Bracebridge Fall Fair, but society members also spend much of their time preparing and maintaining J.D. Lang Activity Park for the many other events that take place there throughout the summer, from dog shows to weddings.
“There’s never a month where we’re not doing something,” said Keizer.
Things start getting busy at the fairground a year in advance, so Keizer suggests people book at least a year in advance in order to secure their spot.
For more information on the Bracebridge Agricultural Society call 705-645-8383 or email email@example.com.