CAFE News Brief
May. 28, 2015

The Latest CAFE Updates

• CAFE has added a new section to our website - "Performers' Showcase" features videos of some of our talented members. Be sure to check when shopping for entertainment for your event

• SASKATOON PRAIRIELAND PARK has made some big announcements about entertainment for this summer's Saskatoon Ex! Featured on the Grandstand will be Magic (Aug 5), Hedley (Aug 6), and Dean Brody (Aug. 7)...and more announcements to come. Visit to see more

• Fair season is underway this week! Check out the Schomberg Agricultural Fair, Schomberg ON, May 28-31, 2015.

• North American Midway Entertainment rolls north into Canada to start the Canadian Fair Route with the Manitoba Summer Fair in Brandon, MB June 3-7. Brandon is praying for sunshine!

• Coming soon - information on CAFE's National Fair Awards and Canadian Fair Champions! Be sure to recognize that special person, program or idea at your fair.

• Mark your calendar - CAFE's annual convention, themed "Get Inspired" , will be held November 19-21, 2015 at the Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls. Watch the CAFE website - registration forms, a tentative schedule, and hotel and travel information will all be available as of June 1 More

Ready for the Schomberg Fair!
Bradford Times
The 165th Annual Schomberg Spring Agricultural Fair returns to the Schomberg Fairgrounds May 28 to 31. This celebration of Schomberg's agricultural roots will include Homecraft displays and competitions, a Midway, Jr. Livestock Shows, live entertainment on the main stage, Creature Quest on Saturday and Sunday, Draft Horse competitions on Saturday – including the 6-Horse Hitch at 1:30 p.m. - plus a Garden Tractor Pull on May 30 at 2:30 p.m. (register at 1:30 p.m.), and Horse Pull on May 31 at 1 p.m.More

New family farm day in works for Fall Fair weekend
Sackville Tribune Post
It will operate under a new name and feature some new faces but the anchor event of Sackville's Fall Fair will still go on in 2015. A 'Family Day at the Doncaster Farm' is in the works for the Fall Fair weekend, keeping the much-loved event alive in the community.More

Negotiations still underway for annual fall fair
North Bay Nipissing
The South River/Machar Agricultural Society's annual fair is a sensitive subject for the two councils. Last year, the Village of South River and the Township of Machar decided to sign on the Almaguin Spartans Junior A hockey team. What they didn't realize at the time was the Spartans' home opener games coincided with the Agricultural Society's annual fall fair on Labour Day weekend — a date that has been reserved for the fair for approximately 50 years. More

Ancaster Agricultural Society hosts first summer camp for children
Hamilton News
The Ancaster Agricultural Society is inviting children to a "dang adorable" summer camp. The week-long experience will focus on the importance of agriculture, rural life, farm animals, crafts and outdoor play. Ancaster Fair general manager Tammy Quinn said the camp will be fun, different, educational and local for children ages five to 13. More

World's Finest Shows back as Renfrew Fair midway provider
Inside Ottawa Valley
While some may say Renfrew is ready for a change when it comes to the annual fair's midway provider, it won't be coming this year. Despite the announcement late last year that Carter Shows would be providing the midway for the 2015 Renfrew Fair, World's Finest Shows will once again do the job.More

Windsor's Ag Art Festival kicks off 250th anniversary celebrations
Hants Journal
Rain and chilly temperatures were no match for the crowd gathered for the enthusiastic kick off to the 250th anniversary celebrations of the Hants County Exhibition. Other news On May 23, folks gathered in Windsor to take part in the opening ceremonies for the exhibition's year-long festivities, starting with the first Ag Art Festival.More

Harper announces spending to boost Canadian tourism in the U.S.
The Globe and Mail
Ottawa will spend $30 million over three years to boost tourism promotion in the United States, hoping that the lower loonie and strengthening economy south of the border will send more tourists northbound. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement late last week in Berthier-Sur-Mer, Que., where he also announced money to renovate the Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site.More

Rockton Agricultural Society gets into solar power business
Flamborough Review
The Rockton Agricultural Society is getting into the solar power business. As part of the Ontario government’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) 3 program, the Society is installing solar panels on six of the buildings on the Rockton property. Don Pede, the Society’s general manager, said the 250 kilowatt project was approved last year. More

Erie County Fair to offer interactive mock farm for children
Buffalo News
The Erie County Fair is looking for some young farmhands. The Erie County Agricultural Society, which runs the annual fair, broke ground Thursday on its newest interactive exhibit, Little Hands on the Farm. The free permanent attraction is scheduled to debut Aug. 12, opening day of the 176th Erie County Fair.More

Social media an event 'must-have'
Social media has long since ceased to be a trend—it has become an inherent part of most events organizers' communications and marketing mix. That is one of the findings of the fourth annual Social Media & Events Report produced by XING, a German-based 'social network for professionals.'More

'Flood of hotels' concerns tourism agency
The StarPhoenix
Tourism Saskatoon will struggle to fill the hundreds of new hotel rooms in the city as the agency also deals with the elimination of its provincial funding. Todd Brandt, president and CEO of Tourism Saskatoon, said the city is in the midst of an 18-month period during which 11 new hotel properties — either completed, under construction or planned — will add 23 per cent more rooms to the market.More