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Welcome to the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies. The OAAS is the provincial association representing over 220 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 home-craft director and an agricultural director from each of the fifteen districts in the province. These thirty board members, combined 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..
Presented by Nothers Awards, London
The 8th annual Leonard Patterson Memorial award will be presented at the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies annual convention in February 2017.
Leonard Patterson worked for Nothers for several years and made many contacts and friends at the fairs. He volunteered and worked diligently on the board of Mount Forest fair, as well as for District #10, where he served as their director on the OAAS board and was elected president in 1986. Nothers is presenting this award in Leonard’s memory.
Agricultural Societies wishing to nominate their Secretary and/or Treasurer, who has served their organization for at least 15 years, may do so by sending their nomination to the OAAS Past Presidents’ Association by December 31, 2016. There is no special nomination from. Please submit in writing, explaining in details why you feel your Secretary and/or Treasurer is deserving of this honour. If previously nominated, please re-apply with an updated profile.
Please send your nomination to: OAAS Past Presidents’ Association,
c/o Joanne Gregson, 16 Red Pine Cres., Wasaga Beach, Ontario L9Z 3B3
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November 5 & 6, 2016
District 15, 14 & 12 are invited to attend
We welcome Judges, Prospective Judges, Apprentices, Directors, Exhibitors and other Interested Persons.
We are proud to offer OAAS Instructors Sheila McLaughlin & Colleen Anderson
Nov. 5th: Morning - Canning; Afternoon - Baking
Nov. 6th: Morning - Quilting; Afternoon - knitting/crochet/sewing
Short discussion on Judging Junior Exhibits
District 1 AGM Sat. Oct 29 at Russell Community Centre, Registration at 9:30 a.m.
District 2 AGM Sat. Oct 29 at Lombardy Agric Hall,
District 3 AGM Sat. Nov. 5 at Alnwick Civic Center Rd Rd 45 Roseneath, Registration at 9:00 a.m.
District 4 AGM Sat. Oct 29 at Lindsay Lindsay Curling Club, Registration at 9:30 a.m.
District 5 AGM Sat. Oct 29 at Sutton Ag Society, Sutton, Registration at 8:30 a.m.
District 6 AGM Sat. Oct 29 at Caledonia Fairgrounds, Caledonia, Registration at 8:30 a.m.
District 7 AGM Sat. Oct 29 at Salvation Army Woodstock Community Church
District 8 AGM Tuesday Oct25th at Agri-Plex Building in Seaforth, 6:30pm
District 9 AGM is November 19th
District 10 AGM Sat. November 12th at Ripley, Registration at 9:30 a.m.
District 11 AGM Sat. Oct 15 at Emsdale Community Centre, Registration at 9:30 a.m.
District 12 AGM Sat. Oct 29 at Warren, Registration at 9:30 a.m.
District 13 AGM Sat. Nov 19 at Dorchester fair grounds
District 14AGM is Oct 29th
District 15 AGM November 5 Murillo, Oliver Ag Soc
District 1 Judging School Prododuce Nov 12, 2016 more information click here
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Amy Natyshak from Comber Agricultural Society Crowned 2016 CNE Ambassador of the Fairs
(Toronto, ON) August 22, 2016 – The Canadian National Exhibition is proud to announce Amy Natyshak from Comber Fair (Comber Agricultural Society) as the winner of the 45th annual Ambassador of the Fairs Competition. More than 70 contestants, aged 18 to 25, represented agricultural fairs across Ontario as they competed over three days at the CNE, with the top seven finalists participating in the final round of the competition on Sunday, August 21 inside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The first runner-up was Kayla Veldman from Stratford and the second runner-up was Myra Kiezebrink from Sunderland.