COMMUNITY REVS UP FOR 155TH BAYFIELD FALL FAIR
The place to be on Saturday at 11 a.m. is on Main or John Streets ready to applaud all of the participants in the annual Bayfield Fall Fair Parade as evidenced by the crowd that gathered to watch the 2010 parade.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The Bayfield Fall Fair has a reputation of being willing to embrace change and the 155th incarnation of this event is no exception. The public is encouraged to embrace such new events as the BX93 Video Dance and the Baby Show as well as enjoy the traditional aspects of the fair that continue to promote the community’s rural roots.
“Our Fair Will be Revvin’ in 2011” is the theme for the weekend and the schedule of events for Aug. 19-21 will go from zero to 60 right from the opening ceremonies.
At 7 p.m. on Friday night the opening ceremonies will be held at the entrance to Agriculture Park. A new gate will be unveiled in memory of Tom Penhale, who died in the spring of 2010. He was a member of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) for over sixty years. His love of heavy horses always ensured the Bayfield Fair show was one of the best in the area. He led the grounds committee and was committed to having Agriculture Park available and used by the public. When it was discovered that the entrance to the park needed repair, it was decided to put a gate in that would at the same time honor Penhale, a man fully committed to the Bayfield Fall Fair.
A variety of unique amusements by Checkers Fun Factory of Hamilton replaced the traditional midway at the 2010 fair. These inflatable amusements were such a big hit that they will be back again and open for business starting at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
This project received support from the Huron County Heritage Fund and the BAS. Ted Dunn, Penhale’s longtime friend and fellow member of the BAS, designed and constructed the gate.
The opening also marks a time to honor other instrumental BAS members and this year Dunn will be recognized during the opening ceremonies with a presentation made by the Provincial Minister of Agriculture, Carol Mitchell, for his more than 60 years of service.
After the gates are officially swung open, several talented youth will take to the stage in the Bayfield Community Centre for Bayfield’s Youth Talent Search, all competing for a chance to move on to the Western Fair competition in September.
Coffee aficionados will be intrigued by the opportunity to try a sampling of coffees on Friday night when McDonald’s Coffee Testing Trailer makes an appearance on the fairgrounds.
The 4-H Sheep Club Competition will be held at the fair on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Saturday will dawn with agriculture stepping to the forefront at the fair. The Western (Light) Horse Show will take to the Main Ring starting at 9 a.m. Sheep Shearing will take place at 10 a.m. with the 4-H Sheep Club Competition following at 1 p.m. The 4-H Dairy Achievement day shall begin at noon. The United Communities Credit Union sponsors the 4-H events. Then on Sunday, Aug. 22, the Heavy Horses and Mules will command attention in the Main Ring starting at noon with CIBC sponsoring the four-horse hitch.
The place to be on Saturday at 11 a.m. is on Main or John Streets ready to applaud all of the participants in the annual Bayfield Fall Fair Parade. Two of the bands participating in the parade will perform on the fairgrounds starting at noon. People will not want to miss either the Stratford Police Band or the Clinton Pipe Band performances.
Undeniably, the fair is for families and there is no better way to salute that fact than with a Baby Show to be held in the arena. On Saturday afternoon, new parents will have an opportunity to introduce their children to the community. Each child will be introduced and presented to the audience. All participants will be given a personalized certificate. A special prize will be given to one family in each section through a random draw. Babies aged 0-6 months will be featured at 1 p.m. followed at 2 p.m. by tykes aged 7-12 months. Babies can be registered the day of the fair. More information can be obtained through the fair’s website www.bayfieldfallfair.ca.
Such activities as wiggle cars, a petting zoo, mini tractor pull, face painting, balloon animals, a pet parade, a professional juggler and a dog agility demonstration will keep folks busy all afternoon on Saturday.
A variety of unique amusements by Checkers Fun Factory of Hamilton replaced the traditional midway at the 2010 fair. These inflatable amusements were such a big hit that they will be back again and open for business starting at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The amusements will be run by the Stanley Recreation Committee and supported by TCC and the Optimist Club of Bayfield.
Amusements will include: Drawbridge Bouncy Castle, Double Bay Accelerator Slide, Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course, Gladiator Jousting, Ladder Climb, Rock Climb Extreme, Dunk Tank and Toddlers Paradise. These should keep all ages thoroughly entertained for a mere $3 a turn.
Saturday turns to Saturday night at 4 p.m. with a Beef Barbecue in the community centre. This meal will be served until 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and children five to 12 can eat for $7. The under five set are free.
The Johnston brothers, Eddie, 1, and Robbie, 4, of London were caught taking a bath, with extra bubbles, as part of the Bayfield Fall Fair 2010 parade.
As the sun sets, the fair will offer some fun for the older folks and youth too with a BX93 Video Dance Party. This licensed event will begin at 9 p.m. on Saturday night and run until 1 a.m. There will also be a separate unlicensed area so that youth can enjoy the music as well.
A BX93 Video Dance Party is comprised of three, side-by-side, 15-foot video screens. When they're not playing hot country videos they have the ability to televise live video from the Country Cam. The BX93 host will appear larger than life for all to see as he/she gives away prizes and leads the fun.
Tickets are available now for the dance. They are selling for $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. Tickets are available at a number of village merchants including, Nip N’ Tuck, 519 565-2688; and Brandon’s Hardware, 519 565-2677.
Sunday marks Family Day and therefore there will be no gate admission. Early risers can take in the flea market that opens on the fairgrounds at 6 a.m. and then enjoy a new fair tradition – breakfast! Running from 8 a.m. to noon visitors can dig into a plateful of scrambled eggs, peameal bacon, toast, jam, and a drink all for $5.
Also on Sunday, a Jamboree will be held in the community centre. People can delight in this old time music starting at 1 p.m. Please note there is a $5 admission fee.
There is still plenty to do at the fair on Sunday afternoon. The wiggle cars, face painting and balloon animals will be offered and the dog agility demonstration given by Pawsitive Effects Training Solutions will make an encore appearance. A Birds of Prey Demonstration will be given at 12:30 p.m. with a second show set for 3 p.m. A Bicycle demonstration will also be held in the tent area at 11 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m.
Young people are encouraged to exhibit in a variety of categories at the Bayfield Fall Fair.
The traditional aspects of the fair that will never change are the chance to exhibit handicrafts, the harvest’s bounty and culinary delights. To see what can be entered check out the Bayfield Fall Fair Prize Book that can be downloaded off the fair board’s website at www.bayfieldfallfair.ca
Exhibitors may bring their entries to the Bayfield Arena on Aug. 18 from 6-9 p.m. and on Aug. 19 from 9-11:45 a.m. Exhibit judging will take place throughout the afternoon with the gates to the fair opening to the general public at 5 p.m. (exhibits and concessions open at 5:30 p.m.)
At 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon a draw will be made on a bicycle donated by Outside Projects on Main Street in the village. And then at 4 p.m. on Sunday exhibitors will be allowed to take home their displays as the engines rev down on the 155th fair.
Fair goers can enjoy all the fair has to offer (with a few additional charges noted above) for $5 Friday or Saturday; or $7 for a weekend pass, plus children under 12 can enter for free! There is no gate admission on Sunday.
BRVTA to elect new executive at annual meeting
On Aug. 20, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be hosting its Annual Meeting.
This meeting will be held at the Lions’ Community Building starting at 10 a.m.
On the agenda will be updates of the various projects that the BRVTA is involved in, including, construction of the Varna Nature Trails, the Bayfield Tree Project, and the Bayfield River Environmental Report Card. Plus there will be information provided on two fast approaching events that the BRVTA is active in: the Festival of Fitness and Arts in Bayfield on Oct. 1 and the Terry Fox Run set for Sept. 18.
In the beginning, the vision of the BRVTA was to create a trails program that made Bayfield a better place to live and visit as well as providing an outlet for healthier living. As the many projects noted above will attest the organization is changing into something that is incredibly important to the community.
Also at the meeting, a new executive will be elected for a two-year term. Anyone who is interested in volunteering to help ensure that these important programs and the trails remain a vital part of our community for future generations is urged to contact Dave Gillians or Roger Lewington, both of Bayfield.
Residents and visitors can also support the work of the BRVTA by becoming a member of the association. Individual memberships are available for $20 and family memberships can be purchased for $25. Memberships can be purchased at Outside Projects on Main Street in the village or sent to the BRVTA at PO Box 531, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
jazz quartet to perform
Jazz is the musical genre of choice for the concert to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Aug. 27.
After Four will be Puttin' on the Ritz at their concert on Aug. 27 at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Submitted Photo)
Vocal Jazz quartet, After Four, will present their lively renditions of traditional jazz songs accompanied by an instrumental quintet.
This will be a return engagement to the hall for Jenny and Ron Nauta, Theresa Wallis and Dave Williams, past shows would indicate that it should an evening of finger snapping and toe tapping fun.
Tickets for this 8 p.m. show are now available for $20 per person. For more information please contact Pat Langley at 519 565-2894 or Charlie Kalbfliesch at 519 565-2244. Tickets can also be purchased online via ticketscene.ca.
This evening is generously sponsored by OLG.
Optimists to host "Bids 4 Kids"
The “Bids 4 Kids” Auction, organized by the Optimist Club of Bayfield, is set for Oct. 1.
The membership took a break from this fundraising staple, holding their last one in the fall of 2008, but the members are now ready to host their biggest and best auction yet. The idea for this fundraiser for the Bayfield Optimists began in the early 90s. Back then; the items auctioned off were primarily handcrafted by area wood working talents. In more recent years anything and everything has been added to the mix, with a few key pieces of handcrafted wood being auctioned to pay homage to the early days.
The event will be held at the Varna Complex with cocktails and viewing beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Cheap Shirts.
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Make A Wish Foundation of Southwestern Ontario, a cause dear to the hearts of the membership. The remainder of the funds will benefit local youth activities.
Donations of all sorts are now being accepted for both the live and silent auctions until Sept. 12. If you would like to make a donation please contact Optimist Tara Hessel at 519 565-2136.
If you would like tickets for this social event of the season they are available now for $30 each at the Bayfield Village Inn, Brandons Hardware or by calling Hessel at the number listed above. Anyone who wishes to reserve a table of eight or ten can also do so by contacting Hessel.
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will host “Detroit to Bayfield with Music” at the town hall on Aug. 19.
This evening of beautiful chamber music will feature a fun mix of international duos and trios for violin, clarinet and cello. The performers, Velda Kelly, Nadine Deleury and Brian Bowman are members of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.
The concert will begin at 8 p.m.
Another highlight of the evening will be an auction. A wine tasting for 10 as well as a “Why I love Bayfield” poster will be auctioned off during intermission.
Also all who attend are invited for a complimentary glass of wine after the concert to meet the musicians.
Tickets are $20 each and are available on Ticket Scene, at Ernie King Music in Goderich or by calling 519 565-2827 or 519 565-2894.
books and brunch
The always popular “Books and Brunch” returns to the village with two scheduled opportunities to dine with the talents behind some contemporary titles.
On Aug. 21, Alissa York will be the featured writer. York is the author of the novels Fauna, Effigy and Mercy and the short fiction collection, Any Given Power. And then on Sept. 18, Brian Francis is scheduled to be the guest author at the luncheon.
The Little Inn of Bayfield will play host to both Books and Brunch events starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for both luncheons are $30 each. They can be purchased at The Village Bookshop, 20 Catherine St. or by calling 519 565-5600 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next installment of the Bayfield Historical Society’s Speaker’s Series will feature a first hand look into the big band era with renowned orchestra leader, Don Scott.
The meeting will be held on Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. There is no admission charge.
The Bayfield Concert Series summer line up is really heating up with a barenaked lady now on the docket.
Kevin Hearn, of the very popular Canadian group, Barenaked Ladies, will show off his solo talents on the Bayfield Town Hall Stage on Aug. 25.
The doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show will start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and are available now at www.ticketscene.ca.
The Bayfield Film Society’s autumn season will kick off on Sept. 13 with a viewing of The First Grader.
Three other films will be viewed at The Bayfield Town Hall as part of the season including: Made In Dagenham, Tamara Drewe and Brighton Rock.
Season tickets are now available for $35 and can be obtained by contacting Jane Rowat at 519 565-5838; or Lynne Gillians, 519 565-5884.
If singing is a favorite pastime and you are of the female persuasion, then the Glee Sisters may be just the choral group you’ve been looking for.
The group rehearses on Friday afternoons from 3-4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield. The group is now accepting new members regardless of singing experience. Rehearsals for their new season will begin after Labor Day.
There is also an opportunity for women to join a musical group if they currently play an instrument or would like to learn how to play one. Interested individuals can learn more about Elliott’s Liquidation Band by contacting the Glee Sisters’ Musical Director, Leslie Bella.
To learn more about these fun musical opportunities for women please contact Bella at 519 565-2373 or email email@example.com.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) are asking members of the community to save the date for the of the village’s 3rd Annual Terry Fox Run set for Sept. 18.
It will be an all-inclusive, non-competitive, family oriented event. The Bayfield run is a BRVTA initiative and is scheduled to start and end at Clan Gregor Square. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. with the event to begin at 9:30 a.m.
To be a part of the Terry Fox Run people can choose to walk, run, bike or wheel. In town there are two routes; the two kilometer route is suited to wheelchairs, strollers or roller blades and the five kilometer route is perfect for running and walking. Participants up for more of a challenge can choose to walk or run distances of either seven or 10 kilometers. These longer distances include the Sawmill Trail Loop, which travels along the Bayfield River. There is also an in-town 10 kilometer route for cyclists.
There is no minimum pledge and donations can be collected through pledges, personal donations or on-line pledging. Pledge sheets will be available soon.
The very future of the Bayfield and Area Horticultural Society (BAHS) may depend on the outcome of the organization’s next general meeting to be held on Sept. 19.
According to Sue van Baardwyk, secretary for the BAHS, “The focus of the meeting will be to discuss and vote on the future of BAHS. We need you to come out, to bring all members and friends of BAHS and to be ready to talk and cast votes for our future.”
She noted that this is an extremely important general meeting for all members, and those who would like to become members. The meeting will be held in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.
Prior to this discussion and vote, a guest speaker will share his knowledge on a popular subject with the BAHS membership – Trees. The speaker will be Ian Jean from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
Photography is a passion best enjoyed when work can be shared with others and a talent best improved when surrounded by like-minded individuals. For these reasons some local photographers have been exploring the idea of establishing a photography club in Bayfield. Well, the community has responded and the list of interested people now sits at 20 potential members and growing.
This enthusiasm for the possible club has generated the need for an Open Meeting to be held on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. Anyone interested in joining the Photography Club of Bayfield should plan to attend.
Interested people should also take a moment and answer an online survey created to help organizers learn what individual’s experience levels are and also what they would like to get out of being a member. To take the survey please go to Survey Monkey
For more information please contact Jack Pal or Gary Lloyd-Rees.
Summer is here and now that all those good fitness habits have been established it is time to get out and enjoy not only the weather but a variety of opportunities to keep fit as well.
Local folks may be interested in a new wellness program that is starting in September known as "YEAH". This acronym stands for “You Effectively Achieving Healthy Habits”. YEAH will promote exercise and nutritious eating. Two levels will be offered - Boot Camp and Soft Shoe. This program is offered free of charge. Come to the Bayfield Community Centre at 10:15 a.m. on Aug. 26 or Sept. 2 to learn more about this program.
One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to stay fit over the summer months. The following activities are scheduled to run from now until the end of August.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class.
Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women will start at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided free for those who require them.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. New for the months of July and August is a Yoga Class to be held in Pioneer Park on Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. weather permitting. The cost for either yoga experience is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.
Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair 519 565-2881.
Mah Jongg games and lessons are also offered on the first and third Mondays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.
Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
An opportunity to try Kundalini Yoga is being offered through The Spa in Bayfield.
Kundalini Yoga is a most powerful and effective form of yoga. It stimulates optimal health with simple yogic techniques that can be practiced by anyone.
Instructor Anne Near will be holding two introductory classes on the practice at the spa on Aug. 23 from 2-4 p.m. and Aug. 31 from 7-9 p.m.
Please contact The Spa in Bayfield at 519 565-2123 for more information. Please note space is limited.