Fall fairs are ingrained in Grey County's history. Most still celebrate the season the way it has been done for well over a century in rural Ontario, with livestock and trained animal shows; bake-offs; fruit, vegetable, flower and preserve contests; parades; quilt and art shows; farm equipment displays; BBQ dinners and live entertainment.
Celebrating Our Canadian Forest Economic & Cultural Heritage
Drawing on his considerable first-hand experience with the forests of Canada, Dave Lemkay will take us on a fascinating journey into the Canadian timberlands on August 23 at the South Grey Museum in Flesherton. Through his stories attendees will meet some of the colourful lumbermen of the past as well as present-day forest technicians. The value of trees both aesthetically and commercially will be discussed and the future of Canadian forests and the threats they face will be part of a richly-illustrated presentation. The evening’s program will also include his involvement in the heritage Vimy Oak sapling project, an innovative program that involves descendants of acorns gathered after the Battle of Vimy Ridge and planted in Canada by Canadian soldier Lt. Leslie Miller. Lemkay has family roots in forestry in the Ottawa Valley dating back to the 1820s. His colourful 45-year career includes engineering projects in pulp and paper mills across the country. He was also instrumental in the publishing of three forest history books. He retired from the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada and became Executive Director of the Renfrew Industrial Commission. For almost twenty years he has served as general manager of the Canadian Forestry Association and is vice-chair of the Algonquin Forestry Authority as well as a director with Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre; the Petawawa Research Forest and the Forest History Society of Ontario. Evening begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 per person and $5 for museum members.