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In praise of our fair volunteers

“I have never seen the fairgrounds this busy,” was a common refrain echoed throughout the day on Saturday at Expo Ormstown, as families and friends gathered and celebrated the unofficial start to summer and the end of pandemic worries (for a little while at least).

The record-breaking turnout is fantastic news for the Livestock Breeders Association of the District of Beauharnois which manages the fair. And while there were a few grumbles about long lines and wait times, enough cannot be said about the patience exhibited by visitors who seemed genuinely thrilled to be enjoying the festive fair environment and activities.

High praise must also be showered upon all the volunteers who kept everything in check despite the hordes of visitors. It speaks volumes about the management team at Expo Ormstown, as well as the exceptional community that unites behind this event each year to ensure all runs as smoothly as possible (despite the mini-crises and hiccups I am certain take place behind the scenes).

It goes without saying that those enjoying the fair have little to no idea of the work that goes into organizing an event of this magnitude. Each volunteer plays a vital role, and contributes much more than even they may realize to the overall experience of fairgoers. The volunteer tradition behind Expo Ormstown dates to the very beginning of the fair over a century ago. To see it upheld this year, with record-breaking crowds after a two-year pandemic-imposed pause, was a fitting testament to the enduring strength of community spirit in the Valley.

The fair this year gave us all an opportunity to reconnect, and for that we should be grateful. Hopefully we can look forward to many more events over the summer with the same result.

 

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