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Chatsworth Fair Cancelled

Chatsworth | by Vanessa Culbert  

Officials say it was a tough decision for members to not have a fair this year

There will be no fall fair in Chatsworth this year, and officials say 2019 looks "unlikely".

Chatsworth Agriculture Society President, Jenna McKay, tells Bayshore Broadcasting News in previous years the fair was held at the area, but it closed in September.

McKay says since they don't own a building and felt it was not a good use volunteer hours and time to start preparing for a fair they cancelled it.

She adds, it was a tough decision for members to decide to not have a fair, as it has been going on for 157 years.

McKay says they also did not have a fair in 2017 as it was cancelled" abruptly" by the closure of the arena.

In order to maintain being an agricultural society, they must enrich the lives of people living in the communities and focus on agriculture awareness and education.

McKay says they will now set up their second annual "Christmas in the Village", help out with "Grown in Grey",  have a trivia night in March and possibly have a dinner.

She says the first "Christmas in the village " in December was a success .

That was the brain child of McKay who felt they need to give back following the cancellation of the fall fair.

McKay says they are still trying to reach out to most of the people who would have been involved in the fair, just in a different way.

She said they have also reached out to Desboro Fair to see if Chatsworth has area of expertise they can help out in.

McKay says their poultry and rabbit show was the biggest in the area.

They are also considering reaching out to Meaford and Tara about their fairs.

The society will hold another meeting February 20th and will be making specific plans for rest of the year.

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