Late Alvin Runnalls, Marilyn Johnson among inductees into new Dundas County Agricultural Hall of Fame, Saturday

WINCHESTER — The late Alvin Runnalls and the late Marilyn Johnson will be posthumously inducted into the new Dundas County Agricultural Hall of Fame at this Saturday evening’s Dundas Farmers’ Charity Gala — in front of what looks to be a full house.

As of yesterday, only about 20 tickets remained of 250 seats for the event at the Joel Steele Community Center, said Dundas Federation of Agriculture (DFA) President Jackie Kelly-Pemberton.

Runnalls, a former North Dundas mayor and council member, was nominated by the DFA where he was a longtime leader serving in a variety of roles through the years. The Chesterville & District Agricultural Society nominated Marilyn Johnson, former longtime secretary and stalwart volunteer with that organization.

The pair are among five individuals being honoured as the Dundas County Agricultural Hall of Fame’s first inductees that evening. As the name suggests, the new Hall recognizes individuals for their contributions to agriculture and their volunteerism.

Also nominated are:

  • Gordon Johnson of Chesterville (husband of Marilyn Johnson), nominated by the Dundas Dairy Producers Committee;
  • Martin Schneckenburger of Morrisburg, nominated by Stan Vanden Bosch;
  • Norm Tinkler of Oak Valley nominated by the Dundas Soil and Crop Improvement Association.

While a celebration of agriculture generally, the Gala is by no means reserved to farmers.  “It’s great to see our agriculture committee come together and give back to the community,” adds Kelly-Pemberton, also head of the organizing committee.
With almost all of the tickets sold, it’s sure to be a very successful and fun-filled night.


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