In spite of COVID restrictions and some very wet weather, the Ripley-Huron Fall Fair went forward as planned, offering a long list of activities, both in-person and virtual, meant to engage the community.
In the days leading up to the fair, the Agricultural Society hosted a number of events, including a very successful online auction, contests, virtual videos and bingo for residents of Rosewood RVilla. All photos submitted to the photo contests are posted on its Facebook page.
Friday evening, videos showcasing businesses and activities within Ripley-Huron were streamed live on YouTube and Facebook, as was the ambassador competition and the presentation of the awards of merit by the Pine River Watershed Initiative Network.
Saturday, locals were invited to enjoy a drive-by quilt crawl and sit roadside at 11:30 a.m. to enjoy the rolling parade and pipe band caravan. In the afternoon, a scavenger hunt was held and live music and food trucks were featured at the community centre. The day concluded with a family public skate.
Friday evening ambassador competition
Abby MacDonald is the new Ripley Agricultural Society senior ambassador. A student at McMaster University in the Life Science program, she volunteers with Lucknow Minor Sports, in between working at Kincardine Klassics Gymnastics Club and the Ice Cream Shack. She sees her new role as an important one in the community. Her first duty was to ride in the rolling parade the next day.
“I will represent the Ripley Fall Fair and Agricultural Society and inform people about the fair and events and promote agriculture in our community,” said MacDonald.
Jackson Falconer has been named the 2021 Ripley Agricultural Society junior ambassador. A Grade 9 student at KDSS, he enjoys sports and is part of the Ripley Sheep Club. His current job at Kempton Construction will help him prepare for a career in the trades.
Outgoing ambassador Maddy Gallant, who served two terms because of the pandemic, shared this advice for incoming ambassadors.
“Take part in every opportunity you can. Create friendships with other ambassadors. Be outgoing and get yourself out there.”
Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent