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Letter: AFM Heritage Society’s 13th Fall Fair was remarkable

'The AFM Heritage Society couldn’t host our annual fall fair without your generous support'

The Heritage Society’s 13th Annual Fall Fair on Sept. 7 was remarkable, despite the thunder and rain, we estimated thousands of people attended — more than we had anticipated. It was a total success.

Our small volunteer board of 14 could not organize and host our annual fall fair without the generous, long-term support of our business, corporate, community and media sponsors, community partners and volunteers.

Thanks to our key long-term sponsors: The City of Greater Sudbury and Greater Sudbury Heritage Museums, who provide us the free use of the Anderson Farm Museum to host our three annual events and other activities at the museum and provide some equipment and services for the fair. 

The fall fair has been made possible in part by an operational grant from the City of Greater Sudbury. 

Special thanks to our long-term Fall Fair business, corporate and community sponsors (cash and in-kind]:

-BBQ: 100 sponsored by Battistelli’s YIG [2012-2020], raising $4,100 to support AFMH's three free annual events; prepared and served by the Walden Seniors/Pensioners & Woodworkers.

-Children’s programing: Walden Lions Club, Trinity United Youth Group, Doyle Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Lively Pensioners Golf, Vianet, The Co-Operators Insurance- South End & Lively, Whitefish District Lion & Chelmsford Animal Hospital.

-Annual Shine & Show: Lively Auto Supplies Ltd/NAPA.

-Four [20’x20’] marquee tents: Northern Lights Festival Boréal. 

-Health and safety: Lopatka Safety Services, Jim’s Portable Toilets, G4S, GSPS Const. Rick Carr and overnight security volunteers [Nathan and Logan].

-PURE Country 91.7 Fall Fair ads: Lively Pharmacy & Gift Shop, Walden Family Drug Store.

-Main stage: Jackson’s Auto Repairs, Sudbury Credit Union, Siepka Family, Palladino Auto Group, Mercedes-Benz & Subaru of Sudbury, St. Louis Bar & Grill, Shake It Up Sound & Lighting.

-NOAFEM’s agricultural activities: small farm animal educational display, giant pumpkin contest and Northern Maple the life-sized cow.

-On-site transportation: Algonquin Equipment, Lively Golf & Country Club.

-Promotional materials: Hia Media, Jim’s OK Tires

-Our community partners, who provided free activities, displays and demonstrations throughout the 14-acre site including: Amtgard [medieval demonstrations], Bill Gillespie and 88 owners of classic and special interest cars/trucks, Cambrian College Let’s Talk Science, “former” Creightonites, Dare2Dream Alpaca Farm, GSPS Rural, Tactical & K9 Units, Finnish Canadian Historical Society, Home Run Homes-Charity Batting Cage, Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Northern Screams Terror Train 6077, Lively District Secondary School, Sudbury & District Kennel Club, Sudbury & District Weavers & Spinners Guild, Trinity United Church, Walden COP Program, 2964 Walden Irish Army Cadets, Walden Volunteer Firefighters, Walden Community Garden Committee and Waters WI.     

The 98 vendors [art, craft, business, farmers market and snack food vendors] and community groups who had booths under tents throughout the grounds- from all over Northern Ontario, West Nipissing and Niagara Falls to name a few. 

Our hundreds of dedicated and enthusiastic long-term volunteers: Walden Seniors/Pensioners and Woodworkers, who helped the board set up the site and clean up and tear down the site, Lively District Secondary School [Mr. Bonin’s class], who helped set up the site Friday; Lively District Secondary School boys football team and Trinity United Church [Corn Roast Team], who helped clean up and take down the site and students from other local high schools, along with other community volunteers who helped us host our 13th annual Fall Fair.

And thanks to the local media who helped us promote our 2019 Fall Fair. To keep up to date on what’s happening next, please like the AFMHS page on Facebook.

The AFM Heritage Society couldn’t host our annual fall fair without your generous support.

Leslee Salo
CIO AFM Heritage Society
Co-Chair 2019 Fall Fair