CDAS seeking new Secretary and Treasurer after great turnout at AGM and Fair

Above, Board Members of the 2020 Chesterville and District Agricultural Society. (Left to right) Back Row: Jacobe Sadler (Director), Nancy Balazs (Director), Rylee Keeler (Director). Cheyanne Vanderlind (Director), Peter Vanderlind (Director), Kevin Sommer (Director), Deb Angel (Director), Scott MacLean (Interim Treasurer), Ashley Johnson (Associate Director). Front Row: Carol Johnson (President), Kim Link (Director), Ann Vanderlind (Vice President), Kelsey Smith (Interim Secretary). Missing from photo Associate Directors Eva Desjardins, Brad Johnston, Corey Boucher, Lisa Boucher, and Kelly Somerville. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Kelsey Smith 
Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — The Chesterville and District Agricultural Society celebrated a very successful year at their Annual General Meeting at the end of November. 

They welcomed guest speaker Holly Byker, Agronomy Manager at the Winchester Agricultural Research Station, as well as new board members, and members of the public. 

Byker educated the group on the vast impact the weather and environment has on crop yields and how the centre experiments with different combinations of seeds to get the most out of crops.

Above, CDAS President Carol Johnson poses with AGM Guest Speaker Holly Byker, Agronomy Manager at the Winchester Agricultural Research Station. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The newly-constructed show ring undoubtedly played a huge role in the victorious 88th edition of the fair. 

CDAS President Carol Johnson said the new ring is being very well received. “The ring has been quite an addition to the fairgrounds. Several groups and individuals have expressed interest in using it.”

The Capital Cowgirls headlined the Opening Ceremonies with a memorable stampede of tricks during the official opening of the show ring. the weekend also saw performances by the one and only Lorie Duff and of course the Hunter Jumper Show organized and emceed by local equestrian enthusiast Lisa Boucher.

Participation was up in most aspects of the fair. 

“We saw a large increase in attendance, entries for both the derby and the truck pull and even agricultural shows such as the Beef, Poultry, and Hunter Jumper shows,” explained Vice President Ann Vanderlind. 

The goat show was reintroduced after a three-year break, which also had a great turnout.

The successful year was wrapped up with an equally successful AGM. 

A 18-member board was established at the meeting — an incredible upsurge from the previous year’s six-member board.

If six members pulled off such an affair, imagine how much can be done this year by the grander group!

As much as they have grown they are still seeking to fill two essential positions. The Treasurer and Secretary positions are currently filled on an interim basis. Former Secretary, Kelsey Smith, and Treasurer, Scott MacLean, have both moved outside the area making it difficult to fulfil their necessary duties. 

Anyone interested in the open positions are encouraged to contact Carol Johnson at or Kelsey Smith at for more information. 

The board thanks all of their community sponsors, volunteers, and the public for a very prosperous year and look forward to making this year’s edition even better.

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