New midway coming to the Chesterville Fair this summer

The Chesterville fairgrounds as they appeared Thurs., Aug. 25. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News.

CHESTERVILLE — It is with great excitement that the Chesterville & District Agricultural Society (CDAS) announce a midway in a brand-new format for the town’s 2018 end-of-summer fair. After much research and in-depth consideration of feedback from fair goers, the CDAS is working with local supplier Tribek Inflatables to provide an interactive, family midway at a price-point that respects all budgets.

Tribek’s set-up will extend beyond the “bouncy castles” that typically come to mind at the mention of an inflatable midway. The midway will also include games and events that are adventurous for all ages, including the area’s longest obstacle course, a rock climbing wall and much more. Tribek also guarantees a safe environment to play, including TSSA safety certified equipment and a fully-trained operations staff overseeing the midway.

The decision to shift from a mechanical midway and try an interactive, game-based midway comes after extensive Board deliberation. General feedback about the midway of the previous three years has been negative as the community expressed concerns ranging from unreasonable pricing to broken equipment to a lack of variety in rides. The Ag Society is confident that this year’s solution will address all of these concerns and bring new benefits.

Price-conscious parents will especially be thrilled at the new pricing model for this year’s Chesterville Fair midway. The weekend will have a pay-one-price admission to the grounds of $15 per day which includes all family events and unlimited access on the new midway. This is lower than previous years, where a ride-all-day bracelet had a price tag of $30, in addition to the initial fair admission.

The new midway also promotes exercise, with many games encouraging physical activity while having fun. Plus it lets parents, kids and friends enjoy games together due to fewer age and size restrictions. Finally, the Ag Society is taking precautions that allow games to continue running as long as safely possible if there is rain and after dusk.

The CDAS stated that being unable to sign a contract with a new mechanical midway provider also played a role in the decision to work with an inflatable company. Mechanical midways are becoming increasingly challenging to secure at an affordable price in Ontario. One midway executive recently told the CDAS this is partially due to the costs of over regulation (ESSA, DOT, ESA, MOL) as well as rising fuel and labour costs.

The fair’s website (www.chestervillefair.com) will be updated with more information about this year’s interactive midway as it becomes available, plus details on what’s happening at the 2018 Chesterville Fair. Questions can be directed to info@chestervillefair.com or through the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chestervillefair.

About the Chesterville & District Agricultural Society

The Chesterville & District Agricultural Society is organized under the authority of the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act of the Province of Ontario.  Its primary objective is to encourage awareness of agriculture and promote improvements in the quality of life for those in the Chesterville Area. The Society is best known in the community for organizing and hosting the annual Chesterville Fair. The Society is made up of a number of members throughout the community and governed by the Board of Directors, which is selected at the Society’s Annual General Meeting, held in the final quarter of each calendar year.

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