New Agricultural Pavilion – Opening of 158th Sutton Fair

Sutton Fair Grounds has a New Agricultural Pavilion Thanks to an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

Sutton – The 158th Sutton Fair and Horse Show opened Thursday, August 8th when its new Agricultural Pavilion will be unveiled. The new Pavilion replaces the old cattle and sheep buildings that were no longer usable. Local MPP Julia Munro was there to officially open the new Agricultural Pavilion. The Pavilion wouldn’t have been possible without the help of a $47,400 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant made last summer to help cover half the cost, with the other half coming from the Sutton Agricultural Society.

Executive member, Local MPP Julia Munro and 2013 Sutton Fair President Steve Cowieson cut the ribbon to officially open the Livestock Pavilion

Executive member, Local MPP Julia Munro and 2013 Sutton Fair President Steve Cowieson cut the ribbon to officially open the Livestock Pavilion

Working together, the groups managed to improve the fairgrounds for the annual Sutton Fair and Horse Show, but also for the many community events that are held there each year. Recognition is also due to Peter Bunnik, past president of the Fair, who applied for the Foundation grant in 2012 and the Sutton Agricultural Society members helping in seeing the project through to the end.

“Our old cattle and sheep buildings were fallen over and unsafe,” said Peter Bunnik, Past President of the Sutton Agricultural Society. “They have all been replaced by the new Agricultural Pavilion. The building has already been used and will continue to be used for various community and agricultural events including the use during the annual Sutton Fair and Horse Show. The results would not have been possible without the dedicated Sutton Agricultural Society volunteers who were greatly involved in different aspects of preparing the grounds and finishing the building.”

The 158th Sutton Fair and Horse Show has a lot to offer. Don’t miss the Georgina Idol Finalist Competition and the popular Truck and Tractor Pull. Running August 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th, there’s something for everyone: agricultural demonstrations and exhibits; horse and livestock shows; homecraft displays; midway rides; vendor booths; petting zoos; and camel rides, courtesy of the Bowmanville Zoo.

The Sutton Agricultural Society is a 158 year old agricultural organization that promotes and supports agriculture within the community. The Sutton Agricultural Society is composed of a solely volunteer-based membership. The Fair has evolved over time from a two day agricultural event back in 1855 to the four day jam-packed full schedule of events that draws thousands of individuals.

A leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. For more information, please visit the website at: www.otf.ca

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