What's up Wednesdays - OAAS Webinars

"What's up Wednesdays." Are starting at 7 pm for approximately an hour.

I want to thank all the presenters for agreeing to share their experiences and expertise with everyone. These webinar topics may change slightly as we move forward. 

 Special thank you to Christina Franc, Executive Director of CAFE. Christina did an excellent job last year keeping track of the chat and questions and has agreed to help facilitate these sessions with me again this year. I appreciate Christina's assistance and expertise.

Please mark your calendars for the following Webinars/discussions.

May 5 

Planning for holding in-person events while adhering to all COVID-19 safety protocols.
For Recording
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LEX's Draft COVID Cattle Show Protocols  Click here

Speaker - Harry Stoddart, General Manager, Lindsay Ex

  • Lessons learned from hosting in-person events, livestock shows in 2020, sharing the work they have done around safety protocols, etc.

Speaker Cheryl Muir, General Manager, Paris Agricultural Society

  • Sharing ideas about going ahead with a traditional 2021 Fair as much as possible. What they are planning on and what changes need to happen


May 12 

Roundtable Discussions -   We may not have sufficient time to discuss all the questions based on the amount of discussion and comments on each question.

  • What actions are you taking to remain viable until you can operate again? 
  • What are your biggest concerns about re-opening? 
  • How are you keeping your members and volunteers engaged?
  • What are you doing to capitalize on the forced "downtime" in your organization? It's been said now is the time to either try something new or work on things that have been on your to-do list forever (governance policies, for example);

Register here

May 19

District One COVID 19 Risk Assessment Checklist

  • District One - Speakers Valerie Allen, Liz O'Gorman-Smit, Meredith Brophy – will be discussing their Assessment checklist they developed for District 1 Agricultural Societies to prepare for their fairs and events.
  • Testimonial from Cheryl Muir - General Manager, Paris Fair as to how they used and adapted the District 1 plan for their Fair

Register here

May 26 

Roundtable Discussions on what Ag Societies have done over the past 12 months to engage their communities, volunteers, exhibitors and sponsors with modified fair events and other activities.

  • Carp Fair  -  Speakers Jean Sullivan, Faye Potter, Kaytlin Barr -  topic from Convention -  it was well-received. "When you can't have a Fair, have.. a showcase."
  • Comber Fair – Speaker Grace Mullen – the Comber Agricultural Society organized some great events in their community this spring, i.e. Comber Easter hunt and colouring contest.
  • Picton Fair -   Speaker Tina Hiddink is sharing its drive-through ideas from 2020 and plans for 2021

Register here

June 2 

Discussions on the importance of Websites, Facebook, and social media platforms and keeping them up-to-date.  What works and what doesn't

  • Doug Van Wolde  - Owner of WeGo.ca Website development company and past President of Markham Fair will be speaking on websites.
  • Jane Matthews - Lead, Marketing & Communications - Digital Initiatives at Canadian National Exhibition will be speaking on social media platforms.

Register here

When you register, you will be asked to input your name, email address, and what Ag Society or business you are with – please verify that your email address is input correctly.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar  - you can join either on your computer or phone.

If you don't receive a confirmation email – please contact me asap  We ran into a couple of instances previously where the email was incorrect, so the participant didn't receive the registration email.


District 11 Virtual Fair Ideas Parade Click here

District 11 Virtual Horse Show Click here

District 1 COVID-19 Risk Assessment Checklist  Click here

OAAS has received a couple of requests from Agricultural Societies looking for some information on holding virtual and/or modified Judging Competitions. i.e. what did you do; what went well, what you would change, etc.

We are looking for your assistance at this time

  1. Agricultural Societies  that would like to share their experiences from 2020 in our Webinar
  2. Agricultural Societies that would be willing to share their experiences individually with other Agricultural Societies that are looking for some information and suggestions on holding a virtual or modified Judging Competition or Showcase this year.

If you are interested, please provide me with the following information

  1. Agricultural Society name:
  2. Participation in the Webinar and/ or in speaking directly with other Agricultural Societies
  3. Contact name(s) and contact information (email and /or phone number):
  4. Description of Judging competition you held: Virtual, showcase, modified:

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