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Recognize that irreplaceable person from your fair
Every fair relies on that special person(s) who just rolls up their sleeves and just “gets ‘er done”! Your champion might be a long time volunteer who quietly does their work year in and year out with little thanks, or a sponsor who has championed the fair for a long time. It could be a staff person who puts in long hours and works his or her heart out, or a new board member who takes on new initiatives with fresh energy and enthusiasm. Whoever it is CAFÉ WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT THEM! Nominate these outstanding individuals as 2015 Fair Champions! Up to 3 Champions from across Canada will be selected and recognized at the Annual Convention in Niagara Falls. Their transportation, accommodation and convention registration will be covered, and delegates from all over Canada will celebrate their efforts.
Nominations may be made by any organization you do NOT have to be a CAFE member. Go to the CAFE website for more info and nomination forms.
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Canadian fairs in full swing!
Nothing says "summer" like a Summer Fair and Canadians have lots to choose from this week. Just a few fairs you can visit include:
Nipawin Exhibition (SK), July 13-15
Westerner Days (Red Deer, AB), July 15-19
MB Stampede & Exhibition (Morris, MB), July 16-19
Melfort Exhibition (SK), July 17-19
K-Days (Edmonton, AB), July 17-26
Weyburn CCA/MRCA Rodeo (SK) July 18-19
Do you want to be a CNE ambassador?
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is looking for volunteers for its Friends of the CNE program.
The program is open to volunteers aged 14 and older interested in serving as CNE ambassadors Aug. 21 to Sept. 7. With more than 80 per cent of volunteers enrolled in secondary school, students in Ontario can earn credits toward community hours.
People power makes the Calgary Stampede operational each year
The amount of people needed to put on the 10-day Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is staggering. And a huge part of that is the Calgary Stampede army of volunteers who each year are on the grounds helping make the experience a good one for the one-million plus visitors. Denise Bodnaryk, director of people services for the Calgary Stampede, said there are 2,300 volunteers that support the organization on a year-round basis.
STA Travel agents explore Canada's youthful side
Increasing numbers of millennial travellers are turning their attentions to Canada.To capitalize on this growing interest, Destination Canada (DC) teamed up with STA Travel to bring some of its travel agents on a series of FAM trips across the country that showcased the fun and exciting travel experiences available to this generation of travellers.
Great Cherry Spit coming up in Naramata
Naramata’s weekly Wednesday afternoon market is celebrating local agriculture with a special event on July 22. The Great Cherry Pit Spitting Contest is coming back to the market for the sixth time, Market Manager Darren Rettie says. Two years ago a cherry picker working in Naramata took the record from local champion Kim Russell, who spit a cherry pit 29.8 feet before being bested by the cherry picker, whose record stands at 30 feet.
Parkland agricultural tour yearly success
Stony Plain Reporter
The annual Parkland County agricultural tour is taking place on July 22, charging $20 for a day filled with farms and food. Tanya Warren, who is entering her eighth year as organizer of the event, says that each year, when organizing the event, she picks a different part of the county to visit. They’ll usually start at a community hall (this year it begins at Muir Lake Community Hall) and tour about seven different spots in the Parkland County area.
Calgary Stampede 'not proud' of its animal safety record after fourth horse dies in chuckwagon races
Calgary Stampede officials say they plan to take a hard look at how they can improve animal safety after a fourth horse died Sunday from injuries sustained during the chuckwagon races.
The outriding horse, a 16-year-old Thoroughbred from Dave Galloway’s outfit, had to be euthanized after he ruptured a suspensory ligament in his leg during the first heat. He didn’t make contact with another horse or wagon and had been cleared to race by veterinarians that day.
Sunfest leaving legacy of generosity in Cowichan Valley
Cowichan Valley Citizen
Sunfest 2015 is continuing the festival's long-standing practice of donating to various south Island charities. In 10 years, organizers of the massive event have handed out $500,000 to charitable organizations, schools and non-profits as well as helping improve the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds where Sunfest has been held in recent years.
Calgary Stampede touts successes, weathers challenges for 2015 edition of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth
Severe weather and day-long drizzle didn’t dampen the final Sunday of this year's Stampede.
In spite of lower attendance and several high-profile incidents, Stampede president and chairman Bill Gray said this year's event was an unbridled success.
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