Trillium grant helped Fergus Agricultural Society prepare for upcoming fall fair

FERGUS – In 2021, the Fergus Agricultural Society received a $28,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund.

Completed earlier this year, the grant enabled the volunteer organization to facilitate a stakeholder survey and purchase health and safety equipment for use at the Fergus Fall Fair and other community events.

“We are so grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting the Fergus Fall Fair,” Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott said in a news release.

In addition to hiring a consultant to develop, deliver and analyze the results of a stakeholder engagement survey, the Fergus Agricultural Society purchased two portable hand washing sinks, two portable hand sanitizer stations, 20 picnic tables and a variety of posts and chains to direct pedestrians and vehicles.

“The timing of this grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation had a profound impact on our organization,” said Tayler Black, past president of the agricultural society. “We received valuable information and recommendations from over 1,000 community members and were able to purchase the necessary equipment to provide a safe environment for volunteers and attendees at future events.”

The Fergus Fall Fair is an annual showcase of local farming, food, talent and rural entertainment.

While the last two in-person fairs have been canceled due to the pandemic, the 185th fair is scheduled for September 16-18 at the Wellington Community Sportsplex Centre. To visit fergusfallfair.ca to learn more.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s premier granting foundations.

Last year, nearly $112 million was invested in 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy, vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s not-for-profit sector.

In 2020-21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping not-for-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. To visit otf.ca to learn more.

Lana T. Arthur