Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Funding, Prizes, Donations ... Sharing Insight & Knowledge ~ Ancaster Fairgrounds

The Fair – “The Fair is a great community to volunteer in.”“The Ancaster Fair is all about “Fabulous Family Fun!”

THE INSIDE SCOOP presents Kathy Smith, Manager
Ancaster Agricultural Society and Ancaster Fairgrounds ... Our interview continues …

Kathy Smith, Manager
Judi "Scoop" McWilliams
Ontario Visited

With the economic challenges today, it would seem critical to obtain/maintain Sponsor funding and Other Sources of funding. How do you go about obtain funding?

Funding ~ “Funding is always a major concern for any non profit or charitable organizations.  Costs only seem to go up and unfortunately new sources of income always need to be found to cover these increases.  We are always looking for possible sources or funding whether from grants or potential new sponsors”. 

How do you go about obtaining Prizes and Awards for the Fair?

Prizes and Award Donations ~ “We have a wonderfully supportive community around us.  Many of the awards that are given for prize winning entries have been given for many years. That doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate new awards. Committee chairs will take on the task of canvassing local businesses to obtain donations towards their prize list and special awards”.

Can you talk about the Touch a Truck and how your Society is making this such a successful adventure?

Touch a Truck ~ “The Touch a Truck event is a great event for families with young children that have a fascination with equipment. Over 60 pieces of equipment were on hand at last year’s event for children to sit in, blow the horn and experience the size of. Area farmers, Horizon Utilities, Hydro One, and local businesses all donate their time and equipment for this fund raising event that supports literacy in two of our area schools as well as providing funds for inner city school children to attend the fair”. 

Would you like to tell our readers about the Homecraft Garage Sale?

Homecraft Garage Sale ~ “Who doesn’t have “stuff” that they need to get rid of.  The Homecraft Garage sale is an opportunity to rent a space for a well advertised garage sale, indoors!  Held in March each year many vendors return year after year to participate in one of the first garage sales of the year.  Treasures are to be found, whether these are antiques, used books or that item that you just can’t live without”.

Stay tuned for more with Kathy Smith, Manager of the Ancaster Agricultural Society and Ancaster Fairgrounds and don’t forget to check out their website at http://www.ancasteragriculturalsociety.ca/. … Next SCOOP: Ontario Visited Experience at the Ancaster Fair!

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