A celebration kick-off for the first 150 years of the Moore Agricultural Society and the Township of Moore was completed with a spectacular fireworks display. Construction of ten portable bleachers was completed, in addition to the first stage of land improvements. To all the members, volunteers, past presidents, and all those associated withe Moore Agricultural Society and the Brigden Fair a hearty “Thank You” from the citizens of our area for the forethought and guidance that has brought the society to this point at this time.
This year saw the second of a major tiling project around the grounds being completed.
This year saw the introduction of major new entertainment features. The Ontario Lottery Corporation stage and entertainment was a huge hit featuring great local talent and country music singer Julian Austin. The West Coast Lumber Jacks and the Mini Pullers were also big hits. Renovations were also completed in the Exhibition Hall kitchen, including a convection oven for pies, a new dishwasher and more room for volunteers to work.
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After a major fundraising effort, one of the most significant accomplishments of the decade was made when the new washrooms were completed in the end of the Poultry barn. This allowed modern and clean facilities for exhibitors,vendors, visitors and volunteers at the south end of the grounds. Major funding was provided by an Ontario Trillium Grant.
Major deferred maintenance was completed this year with improvements being made to the Poultry Barn and the Commercial Building.
As the horse shows continue to expand rapidly, it was time to keep pace and construct a new horse ring in the existing parking lot. This moved all light horse shows and their accompanying entourages into the field, providing them more room and a safer environment for fair goers walking down the roadways. A highlight this year was the introduction of a heavy horse pull, featuring teams from all over Ontario.
Some highlights this year included constructing a new exit lane in the parking field and purchasing new chairs in the Exhibition Hall. The Flying Fools High Dive Show survived chilly weather to entertain crowds of all ages.
Brigden Fair wins the ‘Most Improved’ award from World’s Finest Shows at their annual banquet, held in conjunction with the Ontario Fairs convention.