It is my honour to be the president of the Markham and East York Agricultural Society during Canada’s 150th celebrations, such an important year in our country’s history. To be part of an organization that boasts over 800 hundred volunteers with an existence that precedes the birth of Canada, is to be a part of the heritage established by the early settlers of Markham and surrounding areas. The longevity and the importance of the Fair can be attributed to the bonds of families and friends that exist within the agricultural community and urban centres of York Region alike. With the role that agricultural fairs play in the makeup of Canada, I found this year’s theme fitting: Cultivating Canada: Voices from the Past, Visions for the Future.
With the vision to celebrate and promote agriculture, as well as focus on the sustainability and preservation of this industry in our ever-changing community,we as a board are conscious that this is as important as ever. To have the ability to teach children where their food comes from will provide future generations a strong understanding and respect for the land around them. Seeing a cow being milked or a sheep being sheered for the first time are just a couple of examples that we have the opportunity to expose people to, which in the long run, will have a positive impact on our visitors.
The board of directors – made up of 24 members – is continuously working from the end of one fair to the beginning of the next, building an exciting list of events to educate and entertain our neighbors and customers.
On behalf of the 2017 Board of Directors, I would like to invite you to come out and enjoy one of Canada’s oldest and largest four day fairs. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells that will be sure to impress.
Darren Little – President of Markham Fair, 2017