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Welcome to the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies. The OAAS is the provincial association representing over 200 Agricultural Societies from across the province. Its mission is to act as a resource and a united voice for its Members by providing leadership through education and communication to encourage them to promote agriculture and a rural way of life in Ontario.
In Ontario Agricultural Societies are governed by the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act. Their purpose is seen as being a community organization mandated with preserving and celebrating the rural way of life in Ontario. As the provincial association, the OAAS primary focus is to assist its Members in achieving their own respective goals.
The OAAS is governed by a Board consisting of a Provincial Director from each of the fifteen districts in the province. These 15 Board Members, with four Executive Members provide leadership to the association.
With respect to staff resources, the OAAS is managed by Vince Brennan, Office Manager and Kathryn Lambert, Convention Administrator.
The highlight of the year for the OAAS is the annual convention, which takes place in mid-February. The convention, which brings together upwards of 1000 delegates from all across the province, provides the OAAS Members with education, information, and networking opportunities that are meant to improve the operations of the individual Agricultural Societies.
The OAAS encourages visitors to this website to visit the many pages inside and learn about the organization, its Members and the great job that Agricultural Societies are doing in Celebrating Rural Ontario..
Attached are details of the Bernardin Home Canning Award sponsorships for 2017
If you are unable to open the file and/or would like to receive a hard copy via mail, provide Bernardin's with an address and they will send it out to you.
Complete and return to them the enclosed Bernardin Confirmation Form, indicating the competitions you wish to participate in.
Please indicate your shipping address and delivery will be arranged for the Bernardin prize package 2-3 weeks prior to the start date. Remember you must submit to Bernardin's your prize winner's declaration form after the event.
For recipes and helpful hints on Home Canning visit: Bernardin's website.
First Impressions Program 2017
This unique program offers the opportunity to look at your fair through the eyes of others.
It is a tremendous chance to identify areas for improvement that will enhance your guests' experience at your fair.
- We all know that first impressions are the ones that last and become memories.
Help your fair create positive lasting first impressions by participating in this
- Agricultural Societies are paired with another fair. A team from each Agricultural
Society visits the other's fair and evaluates specific characteristics based on the
visitors' "first impressions"
- The feedback from these visits validates the areas the society is doing a terrific job
and identifies areas for improvement.
Application deadline is May 15th, 2017
District 1 April 29 at Richmond Agricultural Society 6121 Perth Street at 9:30 a.m.
District 3 April 22th at Stirling St James Catholic Church 236 Edward Street at 9:30 a.m.
District 4 April 20 at Lindsay Fairgrounds Host Lakefield Ag Society, Registration at 6:30 p.m.
District 5 April 29 at Albion-Bolton Fairgrounds 150 Queen Street South Bolton at 9:30 a.m. see attachment
District 6 April 20 at West Niagara fairgrounds.
District 8 Holding two Spring Meetings April 5 at OMAFRA office in Clinton, 7 - 9 p.m. and
April 19th at the Milverton Complex in Milverton, at 7 - 9 p.m.
District 9 April 27 at Leamington Fairgrounds at 7:00 p.m.
District 10 May 6 at Dundalk Community Centre at 10:00 a.m. see attachment
District 11 April 22 in Magnetawan
District 12 April 8 at The Legion in Massey, at 12:00 p.m.
District 13 April 27th at Forest fair grounds at 7:30 p.m.
District 14 April 8 Spring Meeting Timmins
District 15 April 29th hosted by the CLE
District 1 April 1st at Richmond Fairgrounds at 9 - 3 p.m. Cancelled
District 3 April 29 at Deseronto, Queen Anne Parish Centre at 9:00a.m. see news item
District 4 March 25th "Vegetable" Judging School now Full see attachment
District 4 May 13th Ferndale Bible Church Peterborough
District 5 April 22th at Coldwater Ag Society at 9:30 a.m. see attachment
District 6 May 13th at West Niagara. "Categories Knitting, crocheting, jewellery, beadwork & scrapbooking"
District 7 March 11 at Paris Agricultural Hall
District 8 April 29 in the Seaforth Agri-plex dealing with culinary arts
District 10 April 22 at Neustadt Community Centre " Hand craft & Quilts" at 9:00 a.m. see attachment
May 9 at Tara United Church Hall " Photography" at 6:30 p.m. see attachment
May 16 at Cooke's Presbyterian Church, Markdale "Antique's" at 6:30 p.m. see attachment
District 11 in June
District 13 April 29 Plympton Wyoming "Creative Crafts" It's Not About Quilting" see attachment
May 6 Ilderton "Culinary Arts" see attachment
June 3 Brigden "All About Quilting" see attachment
District 14 April 8 at Timmins Judging School " Vegetable, Flower, Knitting, Crohet and Embroidert etc.
District 15 A Judging School was held in the Fall of 2016
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Stirling, Ontario, February 19, 2017. Russell Agricultural Society representative and past Board Member from District 1, Judy McFaul, was installed as the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) President for a one-year term at the annual Convention in Toronto February 16 to 18, 2017. Over 150 voting Agricultural Societies confirmed McFaul's position and also accepted a newly revised Constitution.
"We are pleased that our membership supports the recommended changes presented to them," said McFaul. "Board Members and Districts have been working towards a new structure, and we appreciate their vision and hard work."