Bookmark and Share   Aug. 25, 2021   Vol. 13 Week 35 Issue 633

funds raised to repair the stairs 

image1Just a few days after the draw, Catherine Tillmann, a member of the Pioneer Park Association fundraising team, presented the prize to winner Karen Heron (right).  

image0The Pioneer Park Association's 50/50 cash draw winner, Karen Heron, stands at the top of the Pioneer Park beach stairs access - plans are underway to have the stairs repaired this fall so that they will once again reach the beach! (Submitted photos)

The “Repair the Stairs” campaign concluded around sunset on Aug. 13 when the winning ticket for the 50-50 cash draw was held in Pioneer Park.

Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp and Ryan O’Reilly, NHL hockey player and Stanley Cup champion, teamed up to roll the drum and draw the winning ticket. The winner was Karen Heron, of Bayfield, whose share of the ticket sales ended up being $9,844.74.

As a result of this successful fundraiser, work can now begin on repairing the park’s stair access to the beach, which is currently closed. Plans are to have renewed access available sometime this fall.

Trillium grant will allow for install of accessible bleachers 

IMG_1057Dignitaries that attended the Official Opening of the 165th Bayfield Community Fair on Aug. 20 were l-r: Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp, Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn, Vince Brennan, manager of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies; MPP Lisa Thompson, Senator Rob Black, BAS President Pamela Stanley and MP Ben Lobb. (Photo by Doug Yeo)  

Earlier this year, the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) received a $31,400 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to install three accessible bleachers in Agricultural Park in the village. On Friday, Aug. 21, MPP Lisa Thompson and OTF volunteer Emma Bartz, were there for the opening night of the Society’s annual fair.

“Over the years Ontario Trillium Foundation grants, and the newly created Resilient Communities Fund, have helped a lot of organizations accomplish a great deal of their goals and objectives. However, this grant to the Bayfield Agricultural Society is especially pleasing, important, and indeed, timely,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “It is yet another step towards getting us all back together safely.”

Safety equipment was also provided for volunteers and visitors to the annual agricultural fair organized by the BAS. Consisting of masks, shields and sanitizing stations, this equipment will be used for this year’s fair, which ran from Aug. 20-22. The new bleachers, which will be arriving soon, will provide improved accessibility for everyone for the events that take place in the park for years to come. The Resilient Communities Fund was created to help non-profit organizations rebound and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

"The effect of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant is huge,” said President of the BAS, Pamela Stanley. “This grant has given our Society the opportunity to have a safe fair experience but a long-term benefit of greater accessibility for visitors at events in our park. Our park has always been a community park and now becomes more welcoming to all.”

The BAS is aiming to make this multi-purpose park more accessible for activities, whether sports activities or the fair. Anyone who may want to inquire about using the park for an event is asked to please visit the BAS website at:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112 million was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020-21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit to learn more.

concerts returning to the Bayfield Town Hall grounds 

Doug Varty FLY-VDoug Varty is a member of "Beatles in Blue" who will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall on Aug. 28. (Submitted photo)

The bands, “Beatles in Blue” and “Swagger” will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall in the coming weeks and tickets are available now.

Beatles in Blue will take to the stage on Saturday, Aug. 28, followed by Swagger on Sunday, Sept. 5.

Beatles in Blue will offer attendees a Blues Rock tribute to the boys from Liverpool. The Fab Four’s songs are mixed with Blues grooves giving the Beatles songbook a whole new spin. This multi-dimensional trio serve up the Beatles in fresh styles like Texas Boogie, Chicago Schuffle and New Orleans funk.

Swagger is known as London, Ontario’s favorite party band. They have been packing dance floors since 2013 with their mix of pop, rock and country from the 70s, 80s, and 90s to present day. Great songs combined with a high-energy show and fun crowd atmosphere has earned the band London Music Awards for Fan Favorite and Best Cover Band.

The cost of tickets for either concert are $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online with no extra handling fee at There will be a cash bar. The gates and bar will open at 6 p.m. The concerts will begin at 7 p.m. As these are both outdoor events people are asked to bring their own blanket or lawn chair.

Virtual Terry Fox Run set for third Sunday in September 


At 18 years-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer and lost his leg. Two years later Fox started training to run across Canada. In 1980, he started his Marathon of Hope, raising funds and hoping for a cure for all cancers. Terry ran over 5,000 km - covering six provinces - to raise funds and share his message. Unfortunately, his health deteriorated, forcing him to abandon the Marathon. People all across Canada have since run every year in memory of Fox and as a result $850 million have been raised for cancer research.

Locally people can run, walk or bike and raise funds to keep his dream alive. Bayfield has raised over $41,000 through Terry Fox Runs, and for this support organizers truly are very grateful. This year the Run will be held virtually again, meaning participants can choose the route and the time when they want to participate. Register as an individual, family or team and start collecting pledges. The process is extremely simple; visit to register at the Bayfield site.

Donations can be made on the same site or people can sponsor a registrant or make a general donation. People can also scan the QR Codes on all posters and signs, which will bring them directly to the Bayfield site, enabling them to donate via their phone.

Those who prefer to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation by cash or cheque are invited to meet the organizers on Sunday, Sept. 19 between 9-10:30 a.m. at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square. Organizers will also be selling 2021 Terry Fox t-shirts at $20 each. They will also have 2021 participation seals available. In addition, people will have the opportunity to take a selfie during this time in front of a large Terry Fox poster!

The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). Anyone who may have questions is asked to please email

For further information regarding the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit

prints seventy-five per cent sold 

People can support the Pioneer Park Association by purchasing limited edition photographs donated by Bayfield’s own Brad Turner.

Screen Shot 2021-06-07 at 11.49.13 AMPhotographer Brad Turner shows in these photographs that Pioneer Park has an intimate personal impact on everyone. It is right there in those moments of reflection, celebration and wonder. The park has been, and will be, where we, The Keepers, bear witness to nature’s transitory permanence, held within these stunning and timeless images is our promise to protect the future of the park. A limited number of the prints are available now in support of the Pioneer Park Association. (Submitted photo)  

“As we carry through the second half of the summer, delighted by the beautiful views and spacious grounds of Pioneer Park, it’s worth taking a moment to admire the wisdom and foresight of those who thought to preserve this natural wonder. It is here for us all today, because of the dedication of those who went before us,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the Pioneer Park Association.

“No where is this more evident in the lasting beauty of Brad Turner’s photography. The limited addition set of images, created by Brad, and donated for the benefit of the park are available for purchase at The Village Bookshop. They are now 75 per cent sold  and once they are gone, well there simply won’t be any more. This is your opportunity to own a timeless piece of the heart of Bayfield, Pioneer Park.”

There are a limited edition of 50 prints available for each image. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400. All proceeds go to the PPA.

Prints are on display, and available for sale, at The Village Bookshop, located at 24 Main Street in Bayfield. They can also be purchased online at or through The Village Bookshop at



Tex Rexman Comedy Cowboy, from Toronto, delighted audiences on the Saturday afternoon of the Bayfield Community Fair with his lasso and whip skills as well as his sense of humor and quick wit.

Audience members helped with a few aspects of the program which added to the cowboy chaos as exhibited in this photo story.






Library Friends AGM  

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The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.11 via ZOOM.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and cover FOBL’s progress over the past year, including special events and projects undertaken.

The AGM is open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is kindly asked to register in advance for the ZOOM meeting. To do so, please visit the Friends of Bayfield Library Facebook page or website at where the ZOOM link is shared. 

Registrants will receive a confirmation email that contains information about joining the meeting. All are welcome!

Lions' Calendar 2022 


The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the release of its 2022 Bayfield Calendar. This twelfth edition of the calendar (tenth as a joint project of the Lions and the Photography Club of Bayfield) was launched on Aug. 14. The paper quality has been improved so that the calendar is now more vibrant than ever.

These beautiful calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can be purchased for $20 from any Lions’ member. The calendars are also available for purchase at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, Shopbike Coffee Roasters, Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre or The Village Bookshop or by going directly to the Bayfield Lions’ website and following the instructions there.

 Meditation and Mindfulness 

In the fall of 2020, Bayfield resident Christine Lang organized a day-long “Meditation and Mindfulness” event at the Bayfield Community Centre. Following COVID-19 guidelines, Instructor Amanda Ingall led the participants on a journey of peace and inner reflection. Lang would like to organize another event in the Spring of 2022 and is reaching out to the community to see if there is interest in participation. 

Please email Lang at for more information. To learn more about Ingall visit, To learn more about Vicky Morrison, the proposed second meditation instructor, visit,

Knox Church 

Knox Presbyterian Church is reopening soon! They will open for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 12th at 11 a.m. The service will also be available on YouTube and ZOOM, for anyone unable to attend. Church members are looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Rev Lisa Dolson will be hosting three book studies this Fall and they will be held in-person and over ZOOM at the same time. All are welcome. "Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory" by David A. Robertson, will kick things off. This book will be examined on Tuesdays starting at 2 p.m., from Sept. 28 to Oct. 25. A study of "The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to his Most Perplexing Teachings" by Amy Jill Levine will be held on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. from Oct. 3 to Nov. 21. And rounding out 2021, will be "The Women of the Bible Speak; The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today" by Shannon Bream. This book will be discussed on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. from Nov. 2-30.

choir director needed

The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church appreciates music as an integral part of their worship.

They are currently looking for someone to fill the role of choir director for Sunday mornings once COVID-19 protocols allow them to sing again. St. Andrew’s will be reopening for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. following COVID protocols.

Anyone interested in assisting the membership make a joyful noise is asked to contact Sue by calling 519 902-1950 for more information.

Farmers' Market 


The summer market season is underway! The final in-person Bayfield Farmers' Market of the season is this Friday,  Aug. 27, in Clan Gregor Square from 3-6 p.m. People can pick-up their online orders and browse both familiar and new vendors.

Shoppers should be aware that not all vendors will be available for both the online and in-person markets.

The market is open online every week starting Sunday until Wednesday for  pick-up at the park. 

People can place their orders by visiting from Aug. 22 at 8 a.m. until today, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. 

Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. 

Optimist Club 

“Every youth in Huron County should have access to the supports they need to live a healthy fulfilling life.”

This is a quote on an informational pamphlet for the Tanner Steffler Foundation (TSF). Since the summer of 2017, John and Heather Steffler have been driven to make this idea a reality in memory of their son, Tanner, who died earlier that year after a battle with substance use disorder.

As part of their Mission Statement the TSF “aims to enhance, and improve mental health and addiction resources and support networks for youth between the ages of 12-24 within in Huron County."

The Optimist Club of Bayfield also supports the TSF Mission Statement and is currently collecting funds for the organization. Anyone interested in donating is asked to email Optimist Mike Dixon at

Secretary wanted 

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is currently looking for a Secretary.

This position is a volunteer role and comes with an honorarium.

The Secretary will carry out a variety of general, year-round administrative duties on behalf of the BAS as well as prepare documents for monthly meetings. The Secretary receives and responds to the BAS correspondence and works as a liaison with the BAS Board of Directors.

Anyone who may be interested in taking on this role and becoming an integral part of the BAS is asked to please contact

Anglican Church

Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village, has reopened! And those who attend can enjoy coffee together in the great outdoors following the 11 a.m. Sunday service. 

Regular in-person services are now being offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. Due to on-going pandemic restrictions, persons wishing to attend are asked to notify Church Warden Godfrey Heathcote in advance by e-mail at or by phone at 519 565-5824.

Rev. Mary Farmer will be on holidays from now to Sept. 6 during that time period Rev. Gary Alcock will be officiating the Sunday and Wednesday services.


IMG_0596 Lennie and Foxy (Submitted photo)

Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.

Lennie and Foxy are the Adopt-A-BFF cats of the week.

Currently in foster care, Lennie and Foxy, a bonded pair, are ready for their forever indoor home together. They are neutered boys, with all vaccinations except rabies.

Could you proivde a forever family for Lennie and Foxy? Anyone interested in adopting them is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue's email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

In Memoriam 

20210818_115012Peggy Cunningham (Submitted photo)

Bayfield residents will no doubt be saddened to learn of the recent passing of a former local resident with ties to the Bayfield Diners’ Club where she served as volunteer cook for many a meal…

Peggy Cunningham, in her 89th year, formerly of Bayfield, died at Queensway Long Term Care Home in Hensall on Sunday, Aug. 8.

She is survived by her nephew, Mark Cunningham, of London; sister-in-law, Bette Cunningham, and several cousins. Peggy is predeceased by her brother Peter Cunningham (2017) and her niece, Sharon Cunningham (1990). She will be sorely missed by her longtime friends Jean and Peter Imanse, of Goderich.

Peggy was a long-time volunteer with the Bayfield Diners’ Club and will be missed by many of its members.

Cremation has already taken place. A private interment will take place at a later date.

The family would like to thank the staff of Queensway Long Term Care in Hensall for their loving care of Peggy while she was a resident there. Online condolences may be left at



Probus club planning hybrid style monthly meetings 

Screenshot from 2021-08-22 14-59-18PROBUS Club of Goderich and Area will begin hosting a hybrid-style monthly meeting starting on Tuesday, Sept. 7th - participants can choose to attend over ZOOM or in-person with pre-registration. (Submitted photo)  

PROBUS Club of Goderich and Area will begin hosting a hybrid-style monthly meeting starting on Tuesday, Sept. 7th.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 109 in Goderich (56 Kingston Street). They will be following all the recommended COVID-19 protocols - with limited in-person attendance (registration in advance), appropriate spacing, masks and sanitation. However, this meeting will also be available via ZOOM for those who are not yet ready to participate in person. Following the meeting, those registered will join in a lunch at The Park House in Goderich (168 West Street).

Anyone who wishes to participate in either, or both, of these scheduled activities is asked to please contact Lynda Rotteau by calling 519 524-8482 or via email at Should COVID-19 restrictions change, organizers will adjust accordingly and notify all who registered.

PROBUS fall meetings are all in hand and, hopefully, will also be in the hybrid format. Their September speaker will be Mayor of Goderich, John Grace, bringing an update on the activity along the beach and the new housing development south of town, the “Coast”. The October speaker, Tina Heathers, has entitled her topic “It’s never too late to reinvent yourself”, which should be an entertaining ZOOM presentation. PROBUS plan to hold their Fall Frolic again this year, with a special luncheon (location to be determined), no regular meeting, but a special program. In December they’ll hear about Jack McLaren, renowned local artist.

Visitors are always welcome! Organizers do hope people will join them, either in person or via ZOOM. Remember to register in advance each month if planning to attend in person. If individuals choose the ZOOM option, a link will be provided the week of the meeting.

PROBUS members are proud of the fact that their organization, thanks to President Mary-Rose Treasurywala and many dedicated volunteers, has been able to remain active during the past two COVID years. It is truly a social organization and they have been able to keep in touch with their membership throughout the restrictions – thanks to ZOOM, and a phone tree. And they welcome visitors!

Children turning 12 this year now eligible for vaccine 

On Aug. 17, the province of Ontario announced that those turning 12 in 2021 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as a provincial plan to begin offering third doses to select vulnerable populations.

Effective Aug. 18, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is offering COVID-19 immunizations to individuals turning 12 in 2021. Individuals born in 2009 or earlier are welcome to attend any clinic, including walk-in clinics.

HPPH is not offering any third doses of COVID-19 vaccine through their clinics at this time, nor are they able to book appointments for a third dose at this time. Local planning continues for contacting and arranging vaccinations for those eligible for a third dose, but no details have been finalized yet.

Third dose eligibility includes individuals with the following conditions:

o Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants)
o Patients with hematological cancers (examples include lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia) on active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for malignant hematologic disorders
o Recipients of an anti-CD20 agent (e.g. rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab)

The province also announced plans for third doses for residents of high-risk congregate settings including long-term care homes, higher-risk licensed retirement homes and First Nations elder care lodges. Local planning continues for these settings as well. HPPH will share more details as soon as possible.

“These vulnerable populations have been identified for a third dose because they have a decreased immune response after COVID-19 vaccines compared to the general population,” said HPPH Physician Consultant, Dr. Lauren Hayward. “A third dose for these groups will help to provide sufficient protection based on a suboptimal or waning immune response to vaccines and increased risk of COVID-19 infection. A third dose can help boost immunity in these groups, and keep them safe.”

At this time, third doses are not recommended for anyone not included in the provincial list of vulnerable populations. HPPH does not provide third doses for the purpose of travel, for example.

HPPH continues to provide more options for residents to get vaccinated with their first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. For the second half of August, HPPH will continue to offer evening hours, walk-in opportunities, and pop-up locations throughout Huron and Perth Counties to make it easier for residents to get their first or second dose.

Clinic Details:
• Clinics are open for first and second doses and will primarily administer the Pfizer vaccine, unless otherwise specified as 18+ only clinics. Appointments can still be booked for some clinics. Visit or call 1-833-753-2098.
• New evening hours will be offered at the majority of HPPH walk-in clinics between the hours of 4-7 p.m.
• Pop-up vaccination clinics will be expanding to more locations throughout Huron and Perth, including: Exeter, Aug. 26 and Monkton, Aug. 27.
• If this is your second dose, make sure it has been at least 28 days since your first mRNA dose, or eight weeks from a first dose of AstraZeneca.
• Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for youth ages 12 (or turning 12 in 2021) to 17 and is the only vaccine that will be administered to youth, in keeping with age requirements.
• Bring your health card with you, if you have one, or another piece of identification.
• Please bring a mask and wear a short-sleeved shirt.
• Please dress for the weather and bring water with you to stay hydrated, as you may need to wait in line outside (for walk-ins).



public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit:

Hockey Game 


Community members are invited to start the new year off by enjoying a Benefit Celebrity Hockey Game presented in support of the Goderich Firefighters’ Charity of Choice: Huron Hospice.

The Goderich Firefighters will face off against a full line-up of former NHL hockey heroes on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at the Maitland Recreation Centre, in Goderich. This fantastic community event promises lots of skill and lots of laughs, and is guaranteed to be a fun and memorable game for all ages!

This game is in support of Huron Residential Hospice. For more than 28 years, families have turned to Huron Hospice for support at the end-of-life. They provide community-based hospice palliative care and hospice-residence-based care for people with life-limiting illnesses. Since opening the hospice residence in 2018, Huron Hospice has made moments matter for more than 100 families at the residence, and for 280 families in the community with their zero-cost services. Huron Hospice is a place to celebrate life and embrace quality-of-life.

If not sold out prior to the event tickets will be sold at the door for $30 each. Discounted prices are available in advance by calling the ticket and information line at 1-888-777-9793 or by visiting Please do not contact the Hospice or the Goderich Fire Station for tickets.

The Maitland Recreation Centre is located at 190 Suncoast Dr. E. in Goderich. The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. with access to the arena starting at 6:30 p.m.

overdose awareness  

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31. This day raises awareness and decreases stigma of drug overdose.

In 2021, lives have been lost due to substance overdoses in Huron and Perth. On International Overdose Awareness Day HPPH joins the community in mourning the loss of those community members, as well as expressing their deep sympathy for their families and friends.

An overdose can occur after opioid use. An opioid is a drug that acts as a depressant in the body. That means it slows normal bodily responses, for example the respiratory centre of the brain.

Commonly used opioids include fentanyl, codeine, morphine, hydromorphone, or Percocet. Signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose include:
1. Breathing (slow, erratic, or stopped)
2. Blue-tinged lips or fingernails
3. Deep snoring/gurgling
4. Unresponsive, difficult to wake
5. Body is limp/unconscious

Naloxone or Narcan is a lifesaving drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose until the person can receive medical support. Free Naloxone kits are available at many locations in Huron and Perth, including HPPH offices in Stratford and Clinton, and many local pharmacies.

“Opioid addiction can happen in any town or city and at any age” said Public Health Nurse, Michelle Carter “If you, or someone you know, uses opioids we strongly encourage you to pick up a free Naloxone kit. Using substances alone can be deadly. Naloxone is only temporary; it is important that if an overdose occurs you call 911, and stay with the person until help arrives.”

For anyone who calls 911 for help in an overdose situation, Canada’s Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides protection against charges for possessing drugs for personal use, and violating conditions of parole, bail, probation or conditional sentence for a simple drug possession charge. Having Naloxone on hand, not using alone, and calling 911 when an overdose occurs can all help prevent overdose deaths.

Free Naloxone kits are available



Bookmark and Share Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol 

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The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

This week, in recognition of the recently held 165th Bayfield Community Fair we feature a handicraft project from decades ago...

Interior Example of scrapbook    

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This scrapbook is divided into six categories: Pieced Blocks, Appliqued Blocks, Pieced and Appliqued Blocks, Fancy Blocks, Designs in Embroidery and Qulting and Original Designs. In the first five categories, the scrapbook shows various quilting designs followed by a brief description and instruction guide of how to recreate the design. A name is written in pencil in the bottom right corner of each instructional page, possibly refering to the individual who created the design.

At the end of the Fancy Blocks category, there is a typed essay that explores the history of quilting and quilting techniques.

In the Original Designs category, a note, written by Myrtle Kerr, is paperclipped in between the final pages noting that these four quilt blocks were for a class at Dungannon Fall Fair in the 1970s.

On the final quilt block, there is a photograph paperclipped to the design. In the photograph, there is an elderly woman showing off her quilt. The back of the photograph reads "Peg Purdor - Victoria St. Church - 1987”.



 Quilt blocks book  

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This is a blue fabric scrapbook containing various quilt blocks from the Dungannon Women's Institute. The scrapbook's title is "Grandmother's Quilt Blocks FWIO Handicraft Project 1958" and the cover contains a stitching of a White trillium. According to the scrapbook's frontispiece, these designs were entered into the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) Handicraft Competition Project in 1958. The front page also contains a loose paper that catalogues all members of the Dungannon Women's Institute in 1957-1958 and the members of the Quilt Block Committee.







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IMG_7507These sheep were waiting patiently for their turn in the show ring with youth members from area 4-H Sheep Clubs on Saturday afternoon.

IMG_7517 Florence Pullen, of Clinton, was tasked with judging sheep's wool entries prior to the 4-H Sheep Club Competition held at the Bayfield Community Fair on Saturday afternoon.

IMG_7274The Huron County 4-H Sheep Clubs Competition was held at the South end of the fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon. There was plenty of activity in the show ring, as well as the sheep barn, for visitors to the fair to watch. (Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_7632Members of county 4-H Sheep Clubs were busy showing the judge their best sheep handling on Saturday afternoon.

IMG_7477The "What is it?" tent was a big hit with families as they tried to figure out what some of the displayed items were. Those who guessed three items correctly had the opportunity to win a gift card to Rosie's Ice Cream Shoppe on the village's Main Street.  

IMG_7540Mike Bissett, of the 1st Goderich Explorers, cooked up hotdogs and fried onions to feed hungry visitors to the fair on Saturday.  

IMG_7547People socially distanced at picnic tables in the entertainment area to watch the Tex Rexman Comedy Cowboy Show.  

IMG_7545Wiggle Cars were a fun activity for the youngsters to try at the fair.  

IMG_7256The Friesian Horse Show offered an excellent opportunity to see these beautiful horses perform in the show ring. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_7615Both horses and drivers were in their element at the Friesian Horse Show held on Saturday afternoon.

IMG_7652Children could make some crafts at the Discovery Tent and have their faces painted by the talented Snippety Clown and friend - both activities proved popular with families.  

IMG_7583The Twisted Knot, a fibre artisan, was one of the exhibitors at the fair showcasing handcrafts.  





The 165th Bayfield Fair is etched in our memories now. Safety, with a pandemic still not over, was a major concern throughout the planning. The smiles, the happy chatter and search for entertainment was quite evident accompanying drops of sweat that the heat relentlessly created.

The opening was memorable with so many representatives of various levels of government and champions of agriculture being present. The Hon. Lisa Thompson, our local MPP, Minister of Agriculture; Vince Brennan, manager of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies, and Senator Rob Black are all recognized as advocates of the agricultural industry and Ontario fairs. The opening also recognized the receipt of an Ontario Trillium Grant for getting three accessible bleachers and the equipment needed to host a safe fair.

As the opening evening got darker, streams of people came and found spots all over the grounds awaiting the fireworks. Hundreds of people brought blankets and/or lawn chairs to experience an expanded firework’s display this year. People were not disappointed. Over the span of more than 25 minutes the audience witnessed our celebration of being in the community 165 years with some loud bangs, silent color and a dazzle of lights. In those brief 25 minutes, we were able to forget our lockdowns, our sacrifices with keeping everyone safe and the stresses of the past 18 months and just enjoy and celebrate in one large socially distanced community. Many watched from their homes with friends but collectively we could smile through a collective experience. Do locate the schedule on our website to check out the sponsors who helped with the expenses for this event.

Saturday was busy learning about Arabian Horses, seeing Friesian Horses perform, watching 4H young people show their sheep and dairy calves, being entertained by Tex Rexman, catching a ride on the train, figuring out objects from the past, creating crafts, participating in the mini-tractor pull, getting your face painted, checking out giant vegetables or seeing all the community booths. In the evening it was an intimate gathering to watch a showcase with the four contestants of the Rise2Fame competition. The talent they had ensured that all would go on to the Western Fair competition. Mary Paige and Irelyn St Onge entertained for the remainder of the evening.

People got to see the line classes for the Heavy Horse show on Sunday. The dogs as they performed in the agility show attracted cheering viewers. The children still had many of the activities from the previous day to experience again and the stage had some community entertainment.

When reflecting over the weekend, the fireworks were the feature that was so impressive. The fair was humbled by the donors this year for all the events that were organized. Several new donors wanted to be part of this community event. Many going through the gates left donations and this was greatly appreciated. It was the first fair that several visitors stated they had attended because they were new to the community. So many were thrilled there was a community event they could attend and they appreciated that we made the effort to go forward with the planning and precautions. At fairs you normally go right into buildings but people were very understanding of the capacity limits. The Bayfield Agricultural Society want to thank the community for its patience and understanding in keeping everyone safe.

IMG_2839Bridget Shanahan gets some support from big brother Weylin during the Mini-Tractor Pull event held at the Bayfield Community Fair on the afternoon of Aug. 21. (Photo by Jenny Shanahan)

IMG_7487All ages love to check out the big tractor on display in Agricultural Park during the fair.  

IMG_7495 This rooster had a lot to say to the visitors that came by the animal display building.

IMG_7523The train on loan from the Parkhill Agricultural Society is always a fair highlight for youngsters and it was back for the 165th community fair this past weekend.  

IMG_7522Youngsters who boarded the train got a grand tour of the agricultural grounds on Saturday afternoon.  

IMG_7536Hot dogs are a favorite fair food for many.  

IMG_7580While most of the entries for the fair competitions were virtual this year - some like the tallest corn and the heaviest veggies were submitted.

IMG_7584 Beverley Van Ninhuys shared her talent for hand embroidery as part of the handcraft exhibitions at the fair on Saturday afternoon.



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My husband, and I, attended the 165th Bayfield Community Fair on Saturday afternoon. As I stood just inside the park gates, determining what direction to go in first, I overheard a conversation between a fair goer and the volunteer at the entrance. He was thanking the volunteer for providing the community and visitors with the event. It may not have been a full fair experience but it was still a lot of fun for families to get out and enjoy themselves and feel comfortable and safe while doing so.

Personally, I really liked that the emphasis was even more on the agricultural side of things with the horses, sheep and dairy getting a real chance to shine, and, well, did everyone see how tall the corn stalks on display in the arena were? They were definitely more than knee high back on the fourth of July!

While I may have enjoyed the agricultural aspects of the fair, many people could be seen enjoying some of the things we took for granted way back in 2019 – things like live, family entertainment and face painting.

Remembering the comments of the fair goer at the gate as I looked around at the people in attendance at this hybrid fair got me wondering will people have a better appreciation of events like rural fairs after COVID-19? After all volunteers haven’t kept the event alive since 1856 without constantly reinventing it and a little appreciation goes a long, long way – so thank you fair volunteers! – Melody






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